November is associated with Thanksgiving, new America and the pilgrims. However, November is also Na-tive American Heritage Month to pay tribute to the people who truly established our land. Atlanta has a few fea-tured festivals, events and spots to celebrate the rich variety of Native American culture.
Native American / American Indian Heritage Month Celebration
Georgia State University is hosting an event for all of Atlanta on Thursday, November 17 at 6 p.m. at the student union.
Native Lands: Indians and Georgia
The history and stories of Georgia’s original inhabitants is told at the Atlanta History Center. This exhibit al-lows visitors to immerse themselves in the world of art, music and ceremony of the Creeks and Cherokees.
Coyote Trading Company
This little shop in the heart of Little 5 Points sells authentic Native American handcrafted art and jewelry. Quality sterling silver and turquoise jewelry can be found as well as belt buckles, dream catchers and leather goods.
Indian Festival & Pow-Wow
Last but not least, Stone Mountain’s pow-wow is the largest Native American gathering in Georgia. The four-day festival is November 3-6 at Stone Mountain Park’s Historic Square. The event showcases Native American culture through dance, music, authentic craft demonstrations such as flint-knapping, bow making and pottery, cooking traditions, storytelling, wildlife presentations and more. Visitors can crawl inside a tipi, tour a historical encampment, and purchase Native and Native-inspired art and crafted items.
The pow-wow is entertaining and educational for the public, but is also an authentic gathering for the Native American community. Native Americans from across the U.S. and Central America will compete in intertribal dance and drum competitions. Indian Festival & Pow-Wow only tickets are $15 plus tax and can be purchased at the park.