Welcome to Moundville’s first Virtual Native American Festival!
Moundville’s Virtual Native American Festival offers many of the same performances and demonstrations as the beloved on-site festival — but in an online format.
Some of our events will be offered live via YouTube or Facebook; other content will be recorded or available for download. While some content is available only to ticketholders, there’s plenty to experience for free. Enjoy!
Portals to the Past: Virtual Exhibits, Virtual Tours, and Archaeology in Action
Virtual Exhibits & Tours
Visit the Jones Archaeological Museum where state-of-the-art exhibits tell a story of the nobility who once lived at Moundville. Stunning artifacts, recreated scenery and a special effects theatre are all part of the new displays. Explore the park without leaving your home or office on a virtual tour and learn about the mounds and the natural resources surrounding them.
Join UA Museums’ archaeologists as they explain how scientists excavate and discover new things about the ancient Moundville people. Archaeologists reveal what we know about Moundville as well as researchers’ latest findings in these videos, viewable anytime during the festival until June 1, 2021.
Native American Stage: Daily Live Performances
The Native American Stage features renowned dancers, storytellers and musicians, with Grayhawk Perkins as emcee. Hear the heartbeat of native music in the sound of the drums and rattles. Discover why certain animals look or act the way they do as described in ancient native stories and legends. Listen to voices blended in haunting harmony or the beautiful notes of flutes floating on the breeze. Both traditional and contemporary performances are featured throughout the Moundville Native American Festival.
Arts and Crafts Demonstrations
See pottery being pit fired or learn how Choctaws make rivercane baskets. Watch fire being kindled by friction or talk with a world-class bowman as he carves a wooden longbow. Witness these experts as they shoot the bow and arrow or throw a spear 50 yards with the help of a special “stick” called an atlatl. See how a hollow piece of cane can be used to create a deadly dart. Native Americans and other experts demonstrate these and many other arts, crafts, and technologies.
See the Point: Knapper’s Corner
Knapper’s Corner hosts toolmakers from around the country. Making spear and arrow points from rocks that break like glass, these artists reproduce ancient works and create new works of art. Watch as craftsmen demonstrate “flint knapping,” a fascinating technology used by humans worldwide before forged metal was invented.
Discover why the fur trade was so important to Indians in the late 1700s and early 1800s in the Living History Camp. Through its sights, and sounds, these reenactors bring the past to life. You can see native foods cooking on an open fire or hear an elder describe his journeys through the wilderness. Reenactors are dressed in period clothing, their authentic camps filled with items suggesting this important past trade era.
Artists & Performers Market
Authentic handicrafts, artifact reproductions, art prints, musical instruments, toys, clothing, books, jewelry and a wide assortment of souvenirs are all for sale in the Artists & Performers Market, where some of the country’s finest artists and craftspeople are featured exhibitors.
Knotted Bird Gift Shop
Visit the virtual gift shop to pick up one of our annual festival T-shirts, souvenirs, or crafts.
Teacher’s Corner and Children’s Area
Teachers: An educator’s ticket gets you access to these great classroom resources, including lesson plans tied to the virtual festival.
Children’s Area: Hands-On Activities
Kids of all ages will get firsthand experience in playing native games and making simple crafts in the virtual Children’s Area, a special site section available to anyone with a ticket. Through our how-to videos, children will make a shell bead necklace and a turtle shell rattle.
Native American Festival Coloring Contest
The Virtual Moundville Native American Festival is reaching out to everyone young and old to participate in a coloring contest! We will be accepting submissions from October 3-10, 2021.
Who can submit their coloring sheet?
We are accepting submissions in four age categories:
- K-3rd Grade
- 4th-8th Grade
- 9th-12th Grade
What are the prizes?
Contest winners will be featured be featured on UA Museums’ social media pages and websites. Winners from each category will receive a John Herrington collector dollar coin and two tickets to next year’s 2021 Moundville Native American Festival at Moundville Archaeological Park.
There are three ways to enter this year’s coloring contest!
- Click here to download the Festival color sheet
- Submit you art here.
- Stop by the Jones Archaeological Museum at Moundville Archaeological Park to turn in your coloring page.
- Mail your coloring page to:
Moundville Archaeological Park
634 Mound State Parkway
Moundville, AL 35474
Please make sure to turn in your coloring pages by October 17, 2020. The winner will be announced on October 27, 2020 on our Facebook page and by phone.