Celebrating Native American Heritage Month in Sullivan County

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SULLIVAN COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — During Native American Heritage Month the Waapaahsiki Siipiwi Mounds Historical Park in Sullivan County is informing the community of the Native American’s history.

Hugh Oxendine, president of the Waapaahsiki Siipiwi Mounds in Sullivan County, said it is up to groups like theirs to continue the teachings in the area.

“The Native Americans honored the Buffalo,” Oxendine said. “It was one of the most important things in their life. I provided food, it provided clothing. Nothing on the Buffalo was wasted.”

At the park are different exhibits such as the buffalo, other animals and mounds that oversee the park.

“We have two mounds here at the park,” Oxendine said. “This mound here is a ceremonial mound by it’s side and the one across the road.”

The members of the group have a tradition of inviting schools to the mounds to help them learn more about the land and who use to inhabit it but with cold weather now ahead, the group has made changes to still teach.

“We actually go into the schools and set up in the gymnasiums and play and sing some songs and get them all dancing around and then we usually take a lot of artifacts,” Oxendine said.

The Waapaahsiki Siipiiwi Mounds groups said they are always looking to visit school and provide insight on some of the first inhabitants of the area lived.

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