Southwest Louisiana is a unique corner of our already one of a kind state, formed by the Cajun, Creole and Native American cultures. Saturday, one of them in particular was celebrated for their original lifestyle and contribution.
Six days a week, Vermillionville has exhibits and displays of different artifacts and aspects of Native American culture. People are invited to come and see the great riches of this area, not only of the Native Americans, but the Creole and Acadian cultures as well.
"Today is our Native American culture day. We are very excited about the different goings going on. Were going to have nine different tribes represented here today. They'll be giving different traditional demonstrations of their works, their arts, their crafts, their language," said Vermilionville Director David Cheramie.
One of the nine tribes represented is the Attakapas Opelousas Prairie Tribe. Displaying handmade jewelry and baskets, they also use this day to meet fellow tribe members and learn more of their native language. Tribe members believe the event does more than teach the community the ways of their ancestors.
"It gives a chance for the community to come together. To educate everyone about Native Americans and just bring everybody closer together." said Attakapas Tribe member Amy Cormier.
In honor of Native American culture day, in the midst of the several different attractions available at the event, the staff at Vermillionville unveiled an expansion project that is in the works, to fill some unused land and create an asset for the grounds.
"We are really excited about having the groundbreaking ceremony for our Native American Common Grounds exhibit that we're working on. This will be open to the public but also for the use of the different tribes in the area, also to do different ceremonies." said Cheramie.
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