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It's time for the Native American Festival at Chehaw!

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November 17, 2006

Albany - You may have noticed tee-pees going up around Albany. They're to let you know the native Americans are coming. The native American Cultural Festival at the Parks at Chehaw kicked off Friday. Students from all over Southwest Georgia participated in traditional dances.

Native Americans from across the country are in Albany to teach others about their cultures and heritage, not just history.  Master of Ceremonies, Ron Colombe says, "For the most part, people have forgotten about us. The look at Native Americans as something in the past. Even in history books, it's what we 'used' to be, not what we are and so what we want to do in festivals like this is to show people not only are we still alive, but we're also a viable culture."  

The festival continues through Sunday. Tickets are $8 for people over 13 and $5 for kids 4 to 12. Kids under 3 get in free.

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