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Free Native American Educational Conference in Lexington
Kentucky Ag Connection - 11/09/2018

An educational conference focusing on the traditions, culture, and religious and spiritual practices of Kentucky Native Americans will take place Friday and Saturday at Centenary United Methodist Church in Lexington. The conference is free and open to the public.

The conference theme is "Restoration through the Spirit -- Native Spirituality in Today's World" and is planned to commemorate American Indian Heritage Month, observed nationally each November.

The conference is sponsored by the United Methodist Church Native American Comprehensive Plan in collaboration with Kentucky Indigenous Peoples, Rainbow Spiritual Education Center Inc., the Kentucky American Indian Resource Community Center, and the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission, which is administered by the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office.

Guest speakers include keynote addresses by Kentucky writer and storyteller Dr. Lee Pennington, as well as Chief Matt Black Eagle Man and UMC Louisville Resident Bishop Leonard Fairley. Breakout sessions will focus on topics such as "The Indian Way" and "Spirituality," educational challenges, Shawnee tribal traditions, veterans issues, and Native American drum protocol and dance regalia.

Children's activities will include demonstrations of Native American drums, dance regalia and traditional dress, leather work, flint napping, bead and quillwork, basketmaking, storytelling, and presentations on Native American prayer and traditional housing such as teepees and longhouses.

The church is located at 2800 Tates Creek Road and conference hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Click here for a complete schedule or for more, contact Tressa Brown, Kentucky African American Heritage Coordinator, at 502-892-3607.

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