rain forced many of the activities inside, it did not dampen the
festive spirit of the May 21 Native American Cultural Celebration.
The seven-hour event, which was held at
Coon Rapids High School, included several hands-on demostrations
of Native American crafts, information on nutrition and other health
information and an opportunity for people to talk to Native American
dancers about the regalia and how its made.
The event also had a display of antique
regalia and materials used in creating the regalia and every day
items and demostrations on how tipis were erected and wigwams built.
Approximately 600-800 were expected, said
Brenda Davis, Anoka-Hennepin School District 11 American Indian
Education program coordinator.
This event gave people an opportunity
to learn about the Native American heritage and debunk the stereotypes
that still exist, she said.
The Native American culture created
by the ancestors is of a beautiful and powerful nature, Davis