Native American event coming to Jefferson County

A ceremony celebrating Native American culture will be held at Patriot Academy in Jefferson County on Aug. 10. Seated: Mark Potts, Mayor of Jefferson County. Standing left to right: John Martin, member of the board of directors for Indian Creek Productions Inc., Dr. Samuel Hollingshead, chairman of the Indian Creek board of directors; Sherry Finchum, supervisor of K-5 curriculum for Jefferson County Schools; and Dr. Mark Finchum, social studies teacher at Patriot Academy.

A ceremony celebrating Native American culture will be held at Patriot Academy in Jefferson County on Aug. 10.

As part of the “Honoring the Elders” theme, Jefferson County Mayor Mark Potts issued a proclamation declaring the date as “Honoring the Elders Day.”

Members of the Native American community will featured during a special presentation during the event. Arts and crafts, along with concessions, will also be for sale. In addition, activities for children, a silent auction and a performance by hoop dancer Eddie Swimmer will be present at the event.

“Our elders possess a vast treasure of cultural knowledge and wisdom,” said John Martin, former chairman of the Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs. “Without them to educate the younger generations, the culture would be lost.

“People might go through the motions of cultural ceremonies, but not truly understand the meanings behind them.”

Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children. Free admission for the event will be given to veterans and active duty military personnel.