The University of Alabama will host the first in-person Moundville Native American Festival since 2019 this week at its Moundville Archaeological Park.

The festival will run from Wednesday through Saturday and is returning in-person for the first time since 2019. Several prominent Native American performers will be featured, including Lyndon Alec performing hoop dancing and the group Chikasha Hithla demonstrating Chickasaw stomp dancing.

“The festival is one the largest events that brings people to the park every year,” said Dr. Clay Nelson, director of the UA Moundville Archaeological Park. “And while virtual events can help educate about Moundville, nothing can compare to experiencing the site in person."

Living history presenters will reenact how different Native American tribes lived and thrived over the years. This will include, dressmaking, cooking, tools and weapons. The children’s area will include numerous crafts activities and other educational opportunities.

Visitors are also encouraged to visit the Jones Archaeological Museum, gift shop and café, which will be open throughout the festival. Vendors of quality Native American crafts will also be on hand, as well as food vendors who will provide Native American foods and traditional festival foods.

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Festival hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $10 per person. Children 5 years old and under are free. Pre-registered groups of 10 or more are $8 per person. For more information on early group registration and festival activities, visit the Moundville Native American Festival website.

Moundville Archaeological Park is 13 miles south of Tuscaloosa off Alabama Highway 69.

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