Eufaula Tribal Town and Community celebrates Native heritage

Danny Beaver, a local Creek artisan, will showcase his wooden boxes and assorted other wooden items and weapons at the Native Heritage Month scheduled for Saturday at the Eufaula Indian Community Center, 800 Birkes Road. The event will include tournaments in cornhole, dominoes and horseshoes as well as an arts and crafts fair.

MUSKOGEE, Okla. —Games and food combine Saturday for the annual Native Heritage Month celebration in Eufaula.

The Eufaula Tribal Town and Community celebrates the month by having tournaments in cornhole, dominoes and horseshoes along with an arts and crafts fair at the Eufaula Indian Community Center, 800 Birkes Road.

Jon Tiger, one of the artists featured in the fair and the second chief in Eufaula Tribal Town and Community, helped to organize the event with Benita Tiger.

"Other communities have other things going on during the month," he said. "We wanted to honor our Native American heritage."

Pam Rossi, executive director of the Eufaula Area Chamber of Commerce, expects a good turnout for the event.

"It's a great day of arts and crafts and great Native American food," she said. "Adding all of the competition, it's going to be a busy day."

Food at the event will include fry bread, chili, stew, nachos and hot dogs along with drinks.

The three tournaments start at 8 a.m., while the fair will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Prize money will be awarded and includes $500 for the first place team in cornhole, $300 for dominoes and $500 for horseshoes. Entry fees are also being charged, depending on the tournament.

"The money is being put up by the Eufaula Community Smoke Shop," Jon Tiger said.

Eufaula Tribal Town and Community celebrates Native heritage

Eufaula Creek artist Jon Tiger, the Arts and Crafts Show coordinator, displays his paintings at last year's Native Heritage Month. This year's event is scheduled for Saturday at the Eufaula Indian Community Center, 800 Birkes Road.

Tiger will be included in the artists who will have their work on display and for sale at the arts and crafts fair. Other Native Americans displaying their work will include Lolita Burgess (baskets), Harold Brumnet (metal art wall hangings), Brenda Holmes (beadwork), Jackie Jackson (T-shirts), Bill McCulley (rock painting), Danny Beaver (wood boxes,/weaponry) and Leon Harley (paintings).

Tiger is particularly excited about the Choctaw Chair Volleyball exhibition from McAlester.

"It's like volleyball but they use a beach ball," he said. "It's good exercise for the handicapped and our elders who can't stand for very long. We wanted to do something new this year."

"We want everybody to have a good time and it's free, except for the fees to enter the tournaments," said Tiger.

If you go

WHAT: Native Heritage Month.

WHEN: Tournaments start at 8 a.m.; Arts and crafts fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Eufaula Indian Community Center, 800 Birkes Road.

INFORMATION: (918) 689-7510.

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