Residents learn about American Indian culture

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Alligator heads and animal skulls were displayed at the Full Moon Indian Hunting Camp, that took place on Monday in front of the Crestview Community Center.

Published: Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 01:58 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Cold weather Monday didn't deter visitors from the Full Moon Indian Hunting Camp near the Crestview Community Center.

Kids bundled in jackets and blankets listened to Farris "Blue Herron" Powell give a brief history of American Indians who settled across the southeastern United States.

Powell spoke on Creek Indian culture — namely the tribe’s hunting techniques and trading deerskins with European settlers — and on traditional clothing and games. He displayed authentic tools, hunting spears and a musket and explained the weapons’ evolution.

He also aimed to dispel cultural myths.

"You didn't throw your (tomahawk) at your enemy (during battle),” Powell said, referring to misrepresentations on TV and film. "If you threw it and missed, then your enemy had the chance to pick it up and use against you."

Visitors — treated to soffkee, a traditional, grits-like food, and pumpkin donut holes — said they enjoyed the exhibition.

"I really liked the weapons part (of the program); my favorite was the tomahawk," Ethan Howard, 9, said.

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