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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!

Click here to view our Festival Program

Event/Content Areas


 
wax-like figures of Native Americans

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.

Explore Virtual Exhibits and Tours.

Archaeological Horizons

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.

Check out Archaeological Horizons.

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.

Check out the schedule of performances on the Native American Stage.

Arts and Crafts Demonstrations

a woman working with a strip of wood or cane
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 our schedule of demonstrations, and links to pre-recorded arts and crafts videos.

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.

Look for flint knapping content on our schedule of demonstrations, and links to pre-recorded arts and crafts videos.

Living History

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.

Look for living history on our schedule of demonstrations, and links to pre-recorded arts and crafts videos.

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.

See what’s happening in our Children’s Area.

Native American Festival Coloring Contest

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 until October 17th. We cannot wait to see your coloring skills!

Who can submit their coloring sheet?
Anyone!

We are accepting submissions in four age categories:

  • K-3rd Grade
  • 4th-8th Grade
  • 9th-12th Grade
  • Adult

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!

  1. Click here to download the Festival color sheet
  2. Submit you art here.
  3. Stop by the Jones Archaeological Museum at Moundville Archaeological Park to turn in your coloring page.
  4. 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.