An Adventure Immersed in Culture and Art

Macon, GA: Dancing, stories, and cultural foods; these are just some of the things which contribute to the heritage of Native Americans. Did you know, there are over one hundred Native American cultural sites scattered across the United States? Each one, designated to preserve our public lands, and to help commemorate the contribution of Native American culture. From Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado to Ocmulgee National Monument in Georgia, these parks offer people an opportunity to take a step back into history and to become immersed in native traditions.  

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     The Earth Lodge, Ocmulgee National Monument

This past weekend Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, Steph & Andy attended the Ocmulgee Indian Celebration in Macon, Georgia. The celebration showcases Native American cultures from across the southeastern United States. Offering hands-on learning and the exploration of arts and heritage, the annual celebration provides attendees with the essential opportunity to learn about the past while keeping an open mind about the future.  Here, we were taught native dances, heard stories that have been passed down from generation to generation and helped educate thousands of people on how to help protect our heritage sites across the country.

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As we dive head first into history, here are a few things that you need to know about these sacred places. 

  • These lands hold the key to the past; we must treat them with the utmost respect.
  • Once a piece of history is gone, it is gone forever. 
  • It is up to each and every visitor to know how we can do our part in protecting these places so we can continue to preserve the past for future generations to come. Learn how you can preserve the past by educating yourself about Leave No Trace practices, specifically catered to heritage sites.

    

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“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” - Chief Seattle

Heritage sites and events like this one are quintessential for understanding the past and preserving it for the future. Without the narrative provided by these places, how could we have deeper understanding and appreciation for our natural world? If you haven’t yet attended an event similar to this, or if you haven’t had the opportunity to visit a heritage site near you; we encourage you to get out there and enjoy an adventure into the past.

 

Steph & Andy

Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team East

Leave No Trace's Stephanie Whatton and Andy Mossey are part of the 2017 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country. Proud partners of this program include Subaru of America, REI, Eagles Nest Outfitters, Deuter, Thule, Klean Kanteen, Smartwool, and Taxa Outdoors.