MKPM Hosts Native American Day

Thursday, October 1, 2015
Due to the weather, and scheduling conflicts, only a handful of dancers were on hand from the Scout Venture Troop from Cape Girardeau at the Native American Day.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

The threat of rain showers on Saturday led to a smaller-than-average crowd for the 12th annual Native American Day, held at the Matilda and Karl Pfeiffer Museum in Piggott. But, well over 100 did turn out for the popular annual event and enjoyed the traditional offerings.

Also affected by the wet conditions and conflicts of schedule were the Scouts from the Venture Troop from Cape Girardeau, as they were only represented by a handful of dancers who performed Native American dances in full regalia.

Making a return visit this year was also Dennis Coop, of Sherwood, who displayed and performed on his Native American flutes. Coop first attended the Native American Day last September, and was asked to return to once again play and show-off his collection of flutes.

Dennis Coop, of Sherwood, returned to this year's Native American Day with his authentic and reproduction flutes.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

Coop collects both true Native American flutes, which were constructed by a Native American, and replicas. He also performs a variety of both Native American and traditional musical pieces. He remained busy throughout the event, performing and explaining the particulars of his collection of instruments.

Amateur archaeologist Dub Lyerly, of Ash Flat, was also in attendance again this year along with several flint knappers, who demonstrated the craft of making Native American tools from stone. Plus, Jerri Tate and art students from PHS helped several dozen young people make their own "pinch pot" as a souvenir of the day and their visit to the museum.

And, now that this year's event is history the museum trustees will be turning their attention to the 2016 event. Currently, several improvements are in the works, including more crafts for the young visitors to the Native American Day.

Those wanting additional information on the Matilda and Karl Pfeiffer Museum and Study Center may call them at 870 598-3228.

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