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Native American culture to come to Stone Mountain

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In this file photo, a Native American dancer participates in the competition with bright colors painted on his face and in his authentic garb.

If you go

• What: Indian Festival and Pow-Wow

• When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 3

• Where: Stone Mountain Park, U.S. Highway 78 E., Stone Mountain

• Cost: $15 for admission, plus $10 for parking; children 3 and under are free

• For more information: Visit festivals.stonemountainpark.com

STONE MOUNTAIN — Stone Mountain Park is gearing up for four days of Native American culture during the annual Indian Festival and Pow-Wow. The event kicks off Oct. 31 and runs through Nov. 3.

Held at park’s historic Antebellum Plantation, the event showcases Native American culture through dance, music, authentic craft demonstrations, cooking traditions, storytelling, wildlife presentations and more.

Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, more than 10,000 students from around Georgia are taking a field trip to the event as a learning experience.

Over the weekend, hundreds of Native Americans travel to Stone Mountain for the festival. The most popular events are the traditional dance and drum competitions where the sexes battle for the top prize in separate categories. Children are also allowed to enter.

On Nov. 2, all of the competitors come together for a grand entrance ceremony. The different tribes can be spotted by the colors, feathers and materials worn on the traditional garb. Women typically wear bells on their outfits.

Scattered throughout the festival, there are several other activities to join. Attendees can learn about primitive skills such as flint-knapping, bow making, fire starting, open fire cooking and pottery. People can also crawl inside a tee-pee and other traditional native dwellings.

Parents and children could participate in interactive experiences such as an encampment showing the lifestyle of local and regional historic Native American cultures.

Native American art and food will be on sale at the festival.

Tickets can be purchased at the Stone Mountain Park.