Macon natives meet Native Americans at Ocmulgee Indian Celebration
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Residents came out this weekend to celebrate the city’s historically indigenous culture at the Ocmulgee National Monument Center. Natives of Macon got a taste of Native American culture on Sunday at the 26th annual Ocmulgee Indian Celebration.
“They’re enjoying the native foods, they’re enjoying the dancing (and) clapping–there’s really been a great response from the guests,” said Ocmulgee Superintendent Jim David.
Dozens of tribes traveled from across the South East to be part of one of the largest indigenous festivals in the region.
“We probably have about 15-20 different tribes represented they have of course the Miccosukee, Seminole, Choctaw so a good wide range especially South Eastern tribes,” David said.
But the celebration wasn’t just about the savory grilled corn husks and spicy indian tacos. “This gives people a chance to come interact with learn from the true native people,” he continued.
David says the annual celebration shows people that Native American culture isn’t defined by Hollywood stigmas.
“There’s all types of stereotypes out there (that) people think they see on the movies. This is their opportunity to come and learn the real native culture.”
The dance, dress and native tongues were seen, worn and heard by all. But, David believes the educational and inclusive space to learn is what festival goers will remember most.
Around 17,000 tourists visit the Ocmulgee National Monument every year to experience indigenous arts, culture and history.