The Bayou Lacombe Museum in Lacombe will recognize Native American Heritage Month (November) with a weekend full of events, November 6-7, 2021, that celebrate and acknowledge the rich, diverse traditions and contributions of Native peoples that lie at the heart of Lacombe's founding. Events include tribal dances, demonstrations, beadwork, split-cane basketry, blowgun making, powwow dancing, tribal commemorations and discussion forums.
The focus of these events is Choctaw heritage in the Bayou Lacombe area. Older than New Orleans, Lacombe had an active tribal community until the mid-20th Century, when the practice of some traditions began to wane, including tribal dances that had been lost for almost 100 years. Choctaw culture bearers will bring these dances back to Lacombe during Native American Heritage Month. Another lost tribal heritage to be revived is stickball, America's oldest field sport. Also called “The Little Brother of War,” elements of this rough-and-tumble game will be displayed near the museum grounds.
These special events will be held Saturday, November 6, 2021, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, November 7, 12-4 p.m.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2021 - 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
John Davis Park
The day's events include tribal social dances performed by members of the Mystic Wind Dancers (the public is invited to participate) and stickball demonstrations with a question-and-answer forum to follow. Dan Isaac presents. New exhibits at John Davis Park will be dedicated, including the Chukka--the traditional home of Choctaw Indians--along with Choctaw gardens featuring an authentic Medicine Wheel and Three Sister Garden.
Want to see living, traditional artistry? Learn how to round dance and find out what jingle dress dancing is all about. You'll hear master native artists explain their works, watch premier powwow dancers perform and have the opportunity to join in the Choctaw Snake Dance.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2021 - 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Bayou Lacombe Museum - 61115 Saint Mary St, Lacombe
First opened in 1912 as a two-room schoolhouse, the Bayou Lacombe Museum has served the St. Tammany community for over 40 years as a cultural center. Renovated in February 2019, the museum is home to a vast collection of artifacts that tell the story of Lacombe from the 18th to the early 20th centuries through five main interpretive displays: the history of the Choctaw in Lacombe, rural life of the area in the early 20th century, the life and influence of poet-priest Fr. Adrien Rouquette, who nurtured the local Choctaw and wrote about the beauty of the area, John Davis lumber industry and its influence on the region, and the Hall of Heroes, which honors local residents for their military service. Four new displays at the museum will be dedicated on Sunday.
Regular operating hours are Thursday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $3 for age 18-64, $2 for seniors 65 and over, $1 for students 6-17, and free for children 5 and under (group rates and family memberships available).
For more information, call (985) 788-1403, email email@example.com or visit https://bayoulacombemuseum.com.