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Learn about American Indian culture at the 4th Annual Native Americans Speak Event

The 4 Directions Healing Foundation is hosting the 4th annual Native Americans Speak event from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Shore Acres Park in Chillicothe, IL. This unique cultural event for Central Illinois offers a rare opportunity to learn about American Indian culture.

The 4 Directions Healing Foundation and many of our respected Native American friends will be sharing culture from our diverse tribal backgrounds. Admission is free. Some seating is available, but bringing seating is encouraged.

From 10 a.m.-1 p.m., featured speakers and/or storytellers will be Lionel Little Eagle Pinn (Mikmaq, vice president of the 4 Directions Healing Foundation); Jorge Pena (Apache, Lakota); Elder Max Defender (Ojibwa, originally from the Turtle Mountain Reservation); Jo Lakota (Lakota, Yakama descent); Dennis Weaver (Cherokee descent); and Danira Parra (Yaqui and Akimel O’odham heritage, president of the 4 Directions Healing Foundation). Adam Danner (co-founder of the 4 Directions Healing Foundation and past president) will once again be the event MC.

Beginning at 1 p.m., the Spirit of the Rainbow drum begins, along with a host of different traditional dancers, starting with a drum and dance demonstration followed by a mini-powwow until around 4 p.m.

From 10 a.m.-noon and from 2-4 p.m., the Pimiteoui Cultural Center, led by Eliida Lakota Knolls, will feature a variety of hands-on activities for children and adults throughout the day.

The day will include storytelling, speakers, food, vendors, the Pimiteoui Cultural Center, drum/dance demonstrations, a mini-powwow, and much more, all on the banks of the Illinois River.

The event is presented in conjunction with the Chillicothe Park District. For more information, call (309) 635-0659 or go to www.4directionshealingfoundation.org; or email 4dhf.smc@gmail.com.