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Concerts and festivals planned for this weekend

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November 18, 2005

Albany - The renowned African Children's Choir is performing with the Albany Symphony this weekend. The choir is made up of African children seven to eleven years old. Many have lost one or both of their parents to war, famine, and disease.

They're on the "Concert of Hope and Healing" tour to raise awareness of the troubles facing African children. The choir is performing with the symphony Saturday 4:00PM at the Albany Municipal Auditorium. The concert is free.

Native Americans from across the nation are in Albany to teach others about their cultures and heritage. The annual Native American Cultural Festival got underway Friday at the Parks at Chehaw.

Visitors enjoyed tribal dancing and learned about various tribes and their traditions. Plains Indian Big Mountain says it's important for people to know the truth about Native Americans, instead of believing what they've seen portrayed on TV.

"Our way of life back in the day was a good way of life. We lived off the land. We talk about the relationship we have with the earth. Believe it or not without modern day convenience, the earth provides everything we need for everyday survival."

The festival continues through Sunday at the Parks at Chehaw. The gates are open from 10:00AM to 10:00PM Saturday and 10:00AM to 5:00PM Sunday.

There will be dancing, story telling, weapons demonstrations and flute performances. Tickets are $7 for people over 13 years old and $6 for kids 6 to 12. Kids under 6 get in free.

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