Thursday, March 19, 2009
Chickasaw Elder to sign books
By SUE WATSON
Chickasaw Council Elder Robert Perry, author of “The Turkey Feather Cape,” is scheduled to be in Holly Springs next week as part of his book signing tour in Mississippi and Alabama.
Perry will discuss how he was inspired to make a ceremonial “Turkey Feather Cape” several years ago and talk about the resulting book he wrote that provides a detailed account of how to make one. Much history of the Chickasaw Indians is also woven into the book. It is meant to be a teaching tool to help school age, college age and adults learn how to think through and problem solve on a given project.
The tribal elder will be visiting with Lois Swanee-Shipp at the Marshall County Historical Museum at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, and at Strawberry Plains Audubon Center from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. the same day.
On Wednesday, March 25, Perry will be discussing the book project with the Leadership Council (The T.R.I.B.E.) at Byhalia Middle School from 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and then he will be a guest of the Friends of the Library at noon next Wednesday.
Perry has made several visits to Holly Springs and has been a guest at Strawberry Plains Audubon Center and a guest of David Person of Holly Springs.
He will be available to sign copies of his book at each location. Those who are able to buy a book to donate to the children of Marshall County, the libraries, or to the museum are encouraged to do so.
The Chickasaw Nation were among the original inhabitants of the southeast prior to the discovery of the continent by Spaniards. They resided throughout the Southern states before their tribal lands were ceded to the United States in 1837 and the Chickasaw Nation was moved to lands in the west.
The Chickasaw Nation is headquartered in Ada, Oklahoma.
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