September 11 and 12, 2015


Oka Kapassa, a special Native American gathering, is held in Spring Park, Tuscumbia, Alabama to celebrate the culture and traditions of American Indians who once thrived in north Alabama. The 15th annual two-day event will be held on Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 12, 2015. Friday is a day set aside for school children but is also open to the general public. Admission is free to the public on both days.

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A presentation featuring Lyndon Alec (Alabama), hoop dancer and Freeman Owle (Eastern Band Cherokee), Native American storyteller, will be held on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 6:00 p.m at the Killen Public Library. This event is sponsored by the Oka Kapassa Festival, Alabama State Council on the Arts, and Killen Public Library. Admission is free.

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A concert featuring music by Injunuity and Arvel Bird will be held at the Florence Public Library on Friday, September 11th from 6:00p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and join us at the front of the library for an evening of great entertainment from these award winning artists. Experience Native American heritage, culture, and history through the violin, guitar, and native flute of these extraordinary musicians. This event is sponsored by the Oka Kapassa Festival, Alabama State Council on the Arts, and Florence Lauderdale Public Library. Admission is free.

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Oka Kapassa: Cherokee Living History Encampments, featuring -- East Meets West, featuring Diamond Go-Sti Brown (Eastern Band Cherokee) and Noel Grayson (Western Band Cherokee), is sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state program of the National Endowment fo the Humanities. It will be a part of the Oka Kapassa Festival held in Spring Park in Tuscumbia, AL on September 11 and 12, 2015.

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This year the Oka Kapassa Festival will partner with the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area to bring numerous Native American artisans, performers, and cultural heritage demonstrators to the 2015 festival. A grant funded through MSHNA will fund cultural experts, demonstrators, and exhibitors for school day on Friday and participants will also be present at the festival on Saturday. Some areas of expertise include shell carving, pottery, Native American jewelry, storytelling, basketry, silversmithing, and Native American flute making.

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You will find the people of Tuscumbia and surrounding cities of Florence, Sheffield, and Muscle Shoals to be a warm and hospitable folk. Creek Indian Chief Chilley McIntosh spoke favorably of the people in Colbert County, stating "As long as our nation remains upon the earth, we will recollect Tuscumbia." Return to Coldwater is an event not only for the reunion of family and friends, but also for tourists who come to enjoy the celebration of native culture still very much alive here in the Tennessee Valley.

Many crafts and activities are offered, including

  • Storytelling & Stonecarving
  • Flutes & Flute Music
  • Hoop Dancing
  • Fancy & Traditional Dancing
  • Blowgun Demonstrations
  • Shell Carving
  • Flintknapping
  • Basket Making
  • Authentic Indian Foods - Frybread,
    Indian tacos, & Corn
  • Native American Language Table
  • Pottery
  • Jewelry & Beadwork
  • Archery Demonstrations
  • Hairbraiding
  • Dolls

  • Oka Kapassa: Return to Coldwater has been designated a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society.

    The 2015 Oka Kapassa Festival is dedicated to the memory of our good friend David Eveningthunder (Shoshone) (1947 - 2015).

    David was part of Oka Kapassa from the first event. He was a great artist and always pleasant and grateful to those around him. He will be greatly missed as he was a supportive and positive fixture of Oka Kapassa and the Singing River Festival for over 20 years. He was always ready and willing to support this event and enjoyed being with the people and our community. Below is a link to his website to share with others.

    Spring Park Festival Schedule



    Volunteer at Oka Kapassa

    Festival Guidelines

    Festival Committee and Advisory Board

    Festival Images

    Oka Kapassa Salutes the Greatest Generation

    For more information contact:
    Colbert County Tourism
    (256) 383-0783   Toll Free (800) 344-0783

    Oka Kapassa Webmaster

    This page last updated 08/30/2015.