For two days in September, Spring Park in downtown Tuscumbia welcomes a special Native American gathering to celebrate the culture and traditions of American Indians who once lived in the north Alabama region. Oka Kapassa: Return to Coldwater introduces North Alabama’s Indian heritage in an entertaining and educational way by offering hands-on activities and demonstrations.
The Friday date is school day for 4th and 5th graders. Park opens at 8 a.m. and school groups are invited to experience Oka Kapassa through Native American music, demonstrations and special programs held throughout the day. Activities are also open to the general public with the day wrapping up at 2:30 p.m.
On Saturday, the festivities get underway at 9 a.m. and throughout the day, Native Americans will gather to share their heritage through crafts, fancy and traditional dance, demonstrations, storytelling, and music. Festivalgoers have the opportunity to purchase authentic native artwork to treasure for years to come. There will also be native flute music, performances by Eastern Band Cherokee Dancers, a friendly game of stickball and more. The daylong event concludes at 6 p.m.