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September 13, 2013

Celebrate Native American tribal history

Western Spirit Celebration offers two chances to learn

DUNCAN — There will be much to see, hear and participate in at the Western Spirit Celebration and if you’re looking for a bit of history on Oklahoma Native American tribes, there will be two opportunities for you today.

The Celebration begins today at 10 a.m. and will continue until late into the evening, while Saturday will start everything back up again at 9 a.m. and go until 6 p.m. at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center.

Cova Williams, museum coordinator for the Heritage Center, will be teaching informative sessions about the many Oklahoma Native American tribes at two separate times today. If you miss the first session at 10:30 a.m., there is a second at 1:30 p.m. in the senior living tent.

“This is something I share with a lot of people who visit the museum, especially from out of state,” said Williams. “It explains a lot about the history of Oklahoma.”

Each session will be about 30-40 minutes long. Williams will use the visual aid of a map which shows where each tribe came to.

“I talk about how their allotments went,” she said. “We’ll go over land runs and land lotteries and the significance of that.”

Williams said these kind of educational opportunities are something she looks forward to.

“I enjoy sharing information with people,” she said.

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