Angel Mounds hosts Four Winds Native American Show this weekend

Published: Oct. 2, 2021 at 5:08 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 2, 2021 at 5:27 PM CDT
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WARRICK CO., Ind. (WFIE) - The Four Winds Native American Show is happening this weekend at Angel Mounds.

The event has beautiful artwork and jewelry and is a way to learn about Native American culture.

Event organizers say there’s nothing special about October or this weekend but is just a way to celebrate the arts through Native American song and dance performances.

There was also a variety of hand-crafted items from Native American artists.

This is a two-day event, so if you couldn’t come out Saturday, you can still purchase tickets online for Sunday’s celebration.

[Buy tickets here]

The program developer tells us these events have always been a great way to get people anxious to learn and participate.

“For me, my job has always been to lower my voice and bring the voice of the people who are the descendants of those who lived here at the property because they can best tell those stories,” said Elizabeth Bostelman, the program developer. “They can tell stories of what’s happening today, how it connects with the past, and I just think that’s really important because that’s the way people are going to learn when they’re experiencing it from the people who know and know best.”

“I was invited to come out and bring my paintings and this is an ideal space for me because my tribe is one of the mound builder tribes, so it was nice to be able to come out to another mound,” Gwen Coleman-Lester, a Choctaw artist said.

From handmade tributes to beautiful jewelry, there is certainly a lot to learn from this weekend.

“I am dancing as well as emceeing, which here in our area is very unheard of for women. But we are doing our best to try and break some of those cultural stereotypes because we want our women, our females our little girls to grow up knowing that we can do some of those things,” Audrey Lemley, a presenter and performer said.

Aside from the celebration, history is spread throughout the entire site, so you shouldn’t leave with any questions.

“These people are so ready and willing to answer questions from anyone of all ages, they want to educate you,” Bostelman said. “Whether you’re two or 102 they want you to know about the amazing parts of their culture.”

You can find Gwen Coleman-Lester’s artwork here.

You can find Nelson Garcia’s handmade Indian jewelry here.

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