HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - An annual Southern Miss event which showcases Native-American culture is moving many of its activities off campus to the nearby Friendly City.
Most of the 12th Golden Eagle Pow Wow will be held Friday and Saturday at Hinton Park in Petal. Organizers said the event needed more room for dancing, games and play areas for children.
Thursday, however, the event began on the USM campus with School Day at the Medicine Wheel Garden behind the Liberal Arts Building. It featured corncob dart games, craft-making activities and some student dancing.
"We moved it to a park area, which I think will be really good for our growth and also, for having fun out there and playing games out there," said Dr. Tammy Greer, director of the Center for American Indian Research and Studies at USM.
"To see people talking about their culture and the Native-American culture, it's just really interesting once you start seeing the two cultures mix together," said Tyler Meador, president of the Golden Eagle Intertribal Society. "It's for everybody to come out and enjoy," he said.
At 4 p.m. Friday, the pow wow will feature gourd dancing and at 6 p.m., other types of dancing will begin and will continue throughout Saturday.