Native American cultural day on tap Nov. 2 in Richland

By The Tri-City HeraldOctober 24, 2013 

To celebrate National Native American Heritage Month in November, the American Indian Science & Engineering Society will hold a cultural day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive.

Festivities include an exhibition of art created by local Native American artists, demonstrations and illustrations about beading, flint-knapping, arrow-making, tule-matting, cordage-making, weaving and all sorts of cultural food, dance, storytelling and Indian regalia.

There will be hands-on activities for adults as well as for children. There is no admission fee.

"This has been an annual event for the past decade," said John Cox, president of the society. "The purpose of Native American Heritage Month is to honor and recognize the original peoples of this land and their sacrifices and contributions to the United States."

There are 560 federally recognized Native American tribes in the U.S., with a citizenry of about 2.5 million people, he said.

Customs and culture featured at the Nov. 2 event include the Colville, Spokane, Yakama, Warm Springs, Umatilla, Nez Perce and Coeur d'Alene tribes.

w Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @dorioneal

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