If you haven’t “Pokv-Hvcce-ed” yet (certainly incorrect grammar, but basically means “gathered at the river”), you can do so during the next Tuesday with Kelly (TWK), October 19.  Come at noon with a bag lunch; The Kelly provides a beverage and dessert.  Archaelogist Teresa Paglione will offer insights about some of the treasured artifacts on exhibit.

This exhibit is truly different and interesting. From footwear to jewelry, there are examples of Native American clothing, including beading, pouches, and moccasins for sale (some darling toddler size!)  Feather fans, a horn horn (yes, made from a horn), and native-made baskets are on display, along with fearsome knives and a spear decorated with four different types of skins. Exhibitors, such as Nan Butler and Linda Lee, loaned ancient pottery and arrowheads. There are even a couple time-worn grinding stones. As usual, the walls are hung with paintings, pastels, posters and photos.

Squaw outfit, handmade baskets and quilt. 

 Photos by L Christensen
     Arrowheads, pottery, and weapons


Intern Alyssa making last-minute adjustments.

This exhibit was originally supposed to be totally managed by the local Poarch Creek tribe, but a Covid proliferation in the tribe prevented them from doing so. Curator Jennifer Eifert had to punt, but she was determined to host a Native American exhibit, so she broadened the scope to include all the tribes in Alabama and got on the phone and internet to search for help. Because of last-minute additions, she was still dressing the squaw and arranging baskets and blanket right up until the reception. Foy Southard, the Native American who made the spear, was extremely helpful, giving her names of his colleagues. She also called out for Kelly members to help.














The Kelly Art Associates came to her aid. Kathy Atchison and Marty Woodall, for instance, had paintings with tribal themes. Libby Christensen designed a special quilt, just for the exhibit, called “Feathers for the Chief.” Joe Champion even brought a handmade canoe (not quite life size!) Many others pitched in, making this a really unique and special exhibit.

Chef Alex serving refreshments

We are especially grateful to the Wind Creek Hospitality for the reception refreshments. Chef Alex Hoefer humorously prepared hot “Buffalo” dip as one of the delicacies (chicken dip originating in Buffalo, NY, not Plains tribes buffalo meat!) The casino also displayed Mary Hanby’s colorful artwork of a Native dancer on its marquee, which helped ensure a successful reception.

Kathy Atchison chatting with Foy Southard

Be sure to bring some wampum (trade beads) when you visit, whether during TWK or any other time Monday-Saturday, 10-5 p.m., because there are a lot of pieces you can buy as well as a lot of things to see.



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