FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 20, 2017
CONTACT Neely Tsoodle
P.O. Box 580
Okmulgee, OK 74447
Muscogee (Creek) Nation shares culture in the Muscogee Homeland
MACON, Ga. — The Muscogee (Creek) Nation participated in the Ocmulgee National Monument’s Annual Indian Celebration to educate attendees about Muscogee (Creek) culture Sept. 16-17 in Macon, Ga.
The MCN Honor Guards posting of the colors opened the festival. Followed by remarks from Principal Chief James R. Floyd.
“It is such an honor to come to a place where we formerly lived to see it so respectfully presented in the way that they do here at the Ocmulgee National Monument, and so although it is my first time being here it feels like home,” Floyd said.
This was the first time a MCN principal chief has attended the festival.
Ocmulgee National Monument Superintendent Jim David said this was the largest participation by MCN.
“This year’s celebration we were really excited that we have had such tremendous participation by the Muscogee Nation. Of course I was very, very, pleased that Chief Floyd joined us this year,” David said.
Miss Muscogee Nation Amberly Proctor, Jr. Miss Aisha Phillips and National Council Rep. Darrell Proctor were in attendance. MCN led a stompdance exhibition and the Red Stick Gallery sold items from Muscogee (Creek) artists.
Superintendent David said the purpose of the festival is to educate local people about living Native culture.
“The reason we hold this every year is to try to get across to the local people that Native culture is still very much alive, very vibrant,” David said.
Superintendent David said it has been a goal of the park to get more participation by the Nation.
“That has been our goal for all of these years, is trying to get more and more Muscogee participation and once again this being Muscogee homeland that’s why we always start out every year with the honor guard and the princesses and we feel that the Muscogee (Creek) is the host tribe of the event. This is their homeland.”