USM to hold forum on Native American culture Feb. 22

Hattiesburg, MS (WDAM) - An unique discussion to learn about the customs and traditions of Native American and immigrant cultures will main part of the next University Forum Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium, on The University of Southern Mississippi's Hattiesburg campus.

Cultural performers from Mississippi, Massachusetts, Hawaii, and Alaska will be at the event to create a collaborative performance art piece, based on the theme "Celebrate — Song, Dance & Story!" The event will highlight how stories, music and dance express cultural traditions and knowledge from one generation to another.

The event is part of the Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations' (ECHO) 11th annual Performing Arts Festival, hosted by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (MBCI). The university's Center for American Indian Research and Studies is supporting the Southern Miss Honors College's presentation of this forum.

Admission is free.

For more information about University Forum, contact 601-266-4533. For more information on the festival, online visit or; or call the MBCI Department of Chahta Immi at 601-650-7440.

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