Tale of the Eleventh Moon at the Grand Village – Picayune Item

Gather around the fire at the Grand Natchez Indian Village and listen to storytellers share age-old stories about Indigenous peoples and the natural world on Saturday, January 29, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

This outdoor storytelling program will feature Eli Langley, a member of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, and Dan Isaac, a member of the Choctaw Indian Band of Mississippi, as well as local storytellers Marianne Raley and Brandon McCranie, hosted by Becky Anderson. .

“We are thrilled to bring Eleventh Moon Storytelling back to The Grand Village,” said site manager Lance Harris. “This program has entertained families for decades with one of the biggest attendances in recent times. This year’s event will be special thanks to our excellent guest storytellers.

The Natchez Indians followed a lunar calendar measured by thirteen moons or months. January was called Eleventh Moon or Cold Meal Moon.

Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 601-446-6502 or email [email protected]

The Grand Village des Indiens Natchez will also offer a storytelling workshop from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., before the evening program. Storytellers Eli Langley and Dan Isaac will discuss and demonstrate the art of storytelling. Registration is limited to twenty people. The deadline is January 21, 2022. To register, call 601-446-6502 or email [email protected]

Eli Langley is a storyteller who grew up in southern Louisiana surrounded by Coushatta culture and language. In 2021, he was the first member of the Coushatta tribe to graduate from Harvard University, where he received credit for knowing his own tribal language, Koasati, the Coushatta language.

William Daniel Isaac is a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and a United States Air Force veteran. He works with youth teaching Chahta social dances as well as other aspects of Choctaw culture including language, spiritual practices, traditions and values.

The Grand Village of the Natchez Indians was the primary ceremonial mound center of the Natchez people from 1682 to 1730. The 128-acre National Historic Site includes three mounds, a plaza, a nature trail, a museum, and a store. Administered by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, the Grand Village is located at 400 Jefferson Davis Boulevard and is open free to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sunday from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. .

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