Businesses show support through cultural icon
(Albany, Ga.)- Some hotels, motels and inns around Albany have added tepees to the landscape of their business this week for the Native American Cultural Festival to show its support for this annual Chehaw festival. Historically tepees are known for providing shelter to traveling Native Americans of the Great Plains. Fittingly so, a tepee in front of an Albany business shows the public lodging is being provided there for demonstrators, artists and vendors who are traveling to Chehaw for next weekend’s Native American Cultural Festival.
“The Native American Cultural Festival is an excellent family event with the goal ultimately set on educating the public on this important culture,” said Doug Porter, executive director of Chehaw.
The 2012 Native American Cultural Festival is open to the public Friday, April, 15 through Sunday April, 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the evening. Admission to the festival is included in the admission price to the Wild Animal Park.
Featuring one of only two zoos in Georgia accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Chehaw also includes a BMX bicycle race track, 18-hole disc golf course, Wild Trail for walkers and runners and one of the largest playgrounds in the state. Chehaw hosts special events throughout the year, like the Native American Cultural Festival in the spring, Swamp Stomp Summer Camps in the summer and Festival of Lights during the holidays. For more information, visit www.Chehaw.org or become a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/chehaw.