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Faculty member to give Indian Lore presentation

Released: 01/24/2005

Dr. Les Hannah, assistant professor of English at LSU Alexandria, will tell Native American Indian stories to children of all ages on Wednesday, Jan. 26, at the Marksville State Historic Site.

The Indian Lore presentation will be from 1-2:30 p.m. at the site, located at 837 Martin Luther King Drive in Marksville. Admission is $2 for people ages 13 to 61. School groups will be admitted free.

Hannah said he plans to tell two types of stories that Native Americans handed down from generation to generation to keep their culture alive. Trickster Tales and Why Tales are entertaining stories designed to teach lessons or provide children with answers to their questions.

For more information, contact the Marksville State Historic Site at 888-253-8954 or 318-253-8954.

Hannah, a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, also is leading discussions on the Native American experience during weekly meetings at the Avoyelles Parish Library. “The Native American World of the Southeastern United States” discussions are presented under the Readings in Literature and Culture program and conclude Feb. 21.

The discussions cover Native American history and cultural traditions with an emphasis on tribes in the Southeast. They are held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Mondays at the library at 104 N. Washington St. Admission is free. For more information, contact the library at 253-7559.