Indian exhibit opening to coincide with Plaquemine Pow Wow

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

The American Indians of Iberville exhibit will open at the Iberville Museum on Saturday, April 6, at 9:30 a.m. The opening will coincide with the Plaquemine Pow Wow being held on April 6 and 7 at the Museum grounds.

The exhibit will depict the history of American Indians in Iberville Parish. The Iberville Museum Association has established loan agreements with the Houma and Chitimacha Indians. Artifacts from those tribes will be on display, as well as artifacts from local residents of Indian descent.

This exhibit is the final installment of the People of Iberville series--a series of cultural exhibits highlighting the settlers of the parish, their lifestyles and contributions to the establishment and growth of the parish. The Iberville Daughters of the American Revolution are assisting in assembling the exhibit and will act as docents for the opening.

"The American Indians of Iberville is the last but certainly not the least of the groups", said Rita Lynn Jackson, who conceived the idea of the series several years ago. Jackson has directed the six previous exhibits, including the Italians, Spanish, African Americans, Germans, Scots-Irish, and French of Iberville. "In fact," says Jackson, "chronologically, this group preceded the others by at least 12,000 years."

The two-day Plaquemine Pow Wow will begin immediately following the exhibit opening. "We at IMA are so very excited that the Indians will officially open their exhibit!" The Plaquemine Pow Wow is a joint effort of the City of Plaquemine, the Iberville Museum Association, and the Louisiana Indian Education Association. Those attending the Pow Wow are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

On Saturday, May 11, Kimberly Walden, Cultural Director of the Chitimacha Tribe of Charenton, Louisiana will be on hand with film, demonstrations and a scholarly talk on the Chitimachas.

All events, including the Plaquemine Pow Wow, are free and open to the public. School groups can visit the exhibit free of charge. For more information contact Iberville Museum 225-687-7197 or ibervillemuseum@yahoo.com.

Sponsors for the event are: Gold Sponsors: The Dow Chemical Co. and Axiall, Bronze Sponsor: SNF Flopam; Friends of the Pow Wow Sponors – A Wilbert Sons and Black Stallion.