HARTFORD — Hear the voices of Native Americans tell the story of the American bald eagle through dance, music and storytelling from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower, 435 Confluence Tower Drive.
John White Antelope of St. Louis will present the program along with his son. Both are members of the Northern Arapaho Nation and will appear in full Native American regalia. They will perform fancy dances, drumming, and flute playing. They will also have storytelling segments.
The bald eagle was considered a medicine bird by many Native Americans. The birds were believed to have impressive magical powers and played a major role in religious ceremonies of many tribes.
This event is free. There is a charge to tour the tower.
“Stepping back in time and seeing how the Native Americans revered the bald eagle is a truly unique experience,” said Deanna Barnes, projects manager for the village of Hartford. “We are very excited to host this event and encourage everyone to come out on Saturday to see this wonderful tribute.”
The tower is open Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Guided tours are available throughout the day. Admission to the tower is $4 for adults, $2 for children 12 and under and children 2 and under are free. Group rates are available for 12 or more people and reservations can be made by calling the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau at (618) 465-6676.
This event, part of a planned series of activities dedicated to the eagles that make the region their winter home, is sponsored by Phillips 66.
For information, call (618) 251-9101 or visit the events page at www.confluencetower.com.