Native American Cultural Day Features Meskwaki Families

By Nadia Crow, Reporter

Brown Otter Singing Group from the Meskwaki Settlement entertained more than 100 people at Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, outside Toddville . (Nadia Crow/SourceMedia Group News)

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By James Steward

TODDVILLE, Iowa - It was a taste of culture in Eastern Iowa. Brown Otter Singing Group from the Meskwaki Settlement entertained more than a hundred people at Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center Saturday morning. It’s all apart of Native American Cultural Day. Meskwaki families have lived in the area along the Cedar River for centuries.

“The Meskwaki was the last nation to really have this area of the land. We have very close cultural ties, their winter camping sites were here on our property, at least some of the families would come here and winter camp so we have records of that,” said Wickiup Hill Outdoor Conservation Education Specialist Gail Barels.

Along with the singing and dancing, the event also featured Native American crafts including handmade jewelry.
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