Chehaw educates natives on local history
Sun, 19 Apr 2009 03:29:59 GMT —
Chehaw's Native American Cultural Festival that had some waiting nearly two hours just to get in. Chehaw's Operations Director, Ben Kirkland says long before modern day farmers used their land to grow peaches and peanuts it was Native Americans who farmed the land, right here in Albany.
"Chehaw people had three villages in the Albany area and Chehaw people were the Lower Creek Indians. Right here in downtown Albany, on the Flint River, is an out cropping of Flint or Churt that has been utilized by native peoples for 10,000 years."
Attendees, like Steven Keaton, learned plenty.
"Here you get to see how they hunted, what they ate, different plants, different things that we just see in passing but they actually utilize and had a good purpose for them."