Poarch shares culture with leaders during Capitol visit

Published 12:59 am Wednesday, April 2, 2008

By By Adrienne McKenzie
Members of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians took a trip to Montgomery to the State Capitol Tuesday night to show state legislators a taste of PCI culture.
According to cultural education coordinator Alex Alvarez, the trip to the Capitol was an opportunity for Native Americans from Atmore to continue to nurture a relationship between PCI and state legislators, as well as show the legislators a taste of PCI culture.
After Tribal chairman Buford L. Rolin welcomed the legislators and other guests, there was a variety of entertainment and a Native American dinner.
Traditional Native American dances were a part of the cultural entertainment at the event, as well as traditional songs that were sung in the Creek language.
Robert Thrower with PCI’s educational department even blessed the food in the Muskogee language.
Alvarez said it was interesting to see how the traditional Native American food would turn out.
This was the third year the Poarch Band of Creek Indians have visited the State Capitol to spread Native American culture to state legislators.
Alvarez said approximately 40 Poarch Creek Indians and Atmore area residents made the trip.

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