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Native American festival wraps up

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J.J. Kent, Lakota Native American J.J. Kent, Lakota Native American
Nancy Basket, Cherokee Descendant Nancy Basket, Cherokee Descendant
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Today was the last day visitors could enjoy the three day Native American Cultural Festival.  

Visitors enjoyed dancing, music and education from Native Americans of various nations. Natives from the Lakota nation say the Tipi was created as a mobile shelter to keep up with buffalo as they migrated. They say it was the women who would set up the Tipis and were the head of the household.  

"The woman's role was administrator, so in here in the home the woman's word was law," said J.J. Kent.      

"Women were respected very much by all of the children and all of the clans and anybody older than them was an elder," said Nancy Basket.  

The first Native American Cultural Festival started at Chehaw Park in 1990.

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