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Local Indian Village Outdoor Experience Featured at Historic Bluemont 51st Fair
September 19 @ 10:00 am - September 20 @ 5:00 pm
This year’s Indian Village features new Outdoor Library exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on activities at the Bluemont Fair Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 18-19 in a meadow at foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountain.
“We’re happy to work with our friends at Sanctuary on the Trail to host the Indian Village in our school back yard,” said Principal Toby Gress of the Village Montessori School at Bluemont. “The new outdoor classroom is an ideal environment for housing the Indian Village.”
The Indian Village’s collection of exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on activities on Saturday and Sunday include: Indigenous and local archeology; a suspended reading-room (40+ books); beadwork; flint napping, leather bound 4’ feet tall book, wild-color tie dye; morel mushroom propagation; rock, gems and crystals; cattail weaving; wooden flutes; food is medicine garden; music and films; Native American regalia exhibit; bones, stones and other treasures; as well as community healing. The follow are available on Sunday only: cordage making; fishing trap weaving; healing bee venom discussions; and natural soap making.
“The change of seasons is always a mark in time within our Native American culture,” said Sanctuary on the Trail Co-Founder Chris (Comeswithclouds) White of Cherokee Nation. “Traditionally the autumn equinox signals time to celebrate harvest. We’re excited to be part of the Bluemont Fair community and we and our volunteers are eager to get to know our neighbors and celebrate.”
This outdoor resource-event is of great significance to everyone interested in Native American Culture and features Native American Indian Jamie Oxendine a Lumbee author of “Southeastern Woodland Designs,” a book for adults and children.
“Jamie’s book has 23-pages of tribal patterns that can be used to create jewelry, paintings, tattoos and fabric designs, or as coloring book,” explained Sanctuary on the Trail Co-Founder and Lumbee Indian René Locklear White. “Jamie’s book will intrigue and captivate people of all ages and can serve as an important classroom teaching-aid. You will find Jamie’s book in the center of our suspended reading-room.”
Event times for the Indian Village are posted on Sanctuary on the Trail’s web sites www.SanctuaryontheTrail.org and www.HarvestGathering.org. Overall, fair activities, traffic details and parking map are explained on the Bluemont Fair schedule at www.Bluemontfair.org. The Indian Village and Fair is Sept. 18-19 10:00 am – 5:00 pm in the town of Bluemont. Directions: Enter off of Snickersville Turnpike (follow the signs on Rt. 734) in Bluemont, Va. 20135 (one hour west of D.C., 17 miles from Leesburg Va. and east of Winchester Va. on Rt. 7.) Fair general admission is only $10, children nine and under are free. Sorry, no pets. Free parking is available.
“Breathe in the fresh mountain air, have fun social distancing outdoors and learn new things that you didn’t know that you didn’t know about our Native American Indian crafts, archaeology, history, sustainable living, music and literature during Bluemont’s 51st fair,” added René.
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