Native American Day Draws Good Crowd

Thursday, September 18, 2014
Dennis Coop, of Sherwood, was a first time visitor to the Native American Day. A folk flute player, he offered several performances of both Native American and contemporary pieces.

Several hundred spectators enjoyed near-perfect weather on Saturday, Sept. 13, as the Matilda and Karl Pfeiffer Museum hosted its 11th annual Native American Day. The event at the local museum once again this year featured the usual fare, and welcomed a new attraction as folk flutist Dennis Coop performed on Native American flutes.

The Native American Day is held each September at the local museum, which is home to an extensive collection of artifacts fashioned by the peoples who occupied this region thousands of years ago. The event always includes a number of special attractions, activities and demonstrations which serve to illustrate the culture and lifestyle of the Native Americans who once populated this area.

And, once again this year members of Boy Scouts of America Venture Crew #248 were on hand to demonstrate different styles of Native American dances, one of the most popular features of the annual event. Members of the crew are from the Cape Girardeau area, and have become a crowd favorite over the course of the past decade. They compete and perform nationally, and feature a variety of Native American dances. The members of the crew also set up an authentic Native American village, complete with tipi and other amenities.

Also back this year was amateur archeologist R. W. "Dub" Lyerly, from Ash Flat. He has also become a regular at the event, and was on hand to answer questions about the early inhabitants of Northeast Arkansas and the tools they left behind.

Flint knappers were also on hand to demonstrate the process used to make arrowheads, knives and other tools from stone. And, PHS art teacher Jerri Tate and her volunteers were also in attendance to allow kids to make "pinch pots."

The afternoon also included a performance by folk musician Dennis Coop, of Sherwood. He was in attendance for the first time, and performed both Native American and contemporary music on a variety of handmade flutes.A more detailed interview with Coop may be found in the print edition of the CCTD.

Museum staff also served free hot dogs and sodas, and coordinated the games for the kids.

The Matilda and Karl Pfeiffer Museum is open for tours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Fridays, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Larger groups, of 10 or more, wanting to take the tour are asked to make an appointment in advance.

Those wanting more information may call (870) 598-3228 or visit their website at www.pfeifferfoundation.com

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