September 9 and 10, 2016


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 16th annual two-day event will be held on Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10, 2016. Friday Sept. 9 is School Day, with hands-on activities for students in grades 4 - 5 (but is also open to the general public). Saturday Sept 10 is for the public, with scheduled dances, artists sharing their skills, Native food vendors, Native flute music, Chickasaw ponies, Navajo sheep and much more. Admission is free to the public on both days.

See our Schedule Page for details.

For general information, contact Colbert County Tourism at 256-383-0783 or 1-800-344-0783. Schools may register by contacting Tammy Wynn at the University of North Alabama In-Service Center, 256-765-4359 or 1-800-760-7517, or by email at



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 was 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!

    UNA 2015 Volunteers

    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 03/10/2016.