Stunning photos by Amy Morris from the 25th Native American Festival

Amy Morris/ciraphotography.com - From Choctaw, MS, a group of youth from the Mystic Wind Stickball Players put on a high paced intense traditional game of stickball with ancient mounds as their background for onlookers at the 25th Moundville Indian Festival in Alabama

Stunning photos by Amy Morris from the 25th Native American Festival at Moundville Archaeological Park

The 25th Native American Festival at the Moundville Archaeological Park in Alabama took place this past weekend and Amy Moris was there to capture the dancing, celebrating, artists and craftspeople there to show and share their work.

Mary Newman (Cherokee) demonstrates traditional pottery making and design. Seen here stamping a bowl with a dried corn cob. NAM@tnumc.com. Photo by Amy Morris/ciraphotography.com

Choctaw bead work by artist Andrea Thompson. Photo by Amy Morris/ciraphotography.com

Choctaw bead work by artist Andrea Thompson. Photo by Amy Morris/ciraphotography.com

Amy Bluemel with the Chikasha Hithla Troupe educates the audience about her shakers, each can contains about 2 oz. of river rock to create a loud rattle sound which keeps tempo during stomp and social dances. www.amybluemelstoryteller.com. Photo by Amy Morris/ciraphotography.com

Chikasha Hithla of Ada, Oklahoma perform The Garfish dance, a couples dance with audience interaction. Tim Harjo, Chickasaw Seminole, in the center of the circle. Photo by Amy Morris/ciraphotography.com

Impressive wood carvings top the columns inside the Moundville Jones Archaeological Museum in AL. Photo by Amy Morris/ciraphotography.com

Life size mannequins, molded from casts of modern day Native Americans, show glimpses into the past of how the Native inhabitants dressed and lived inside the Jones Archaeological Museum at Moundville Park, AL. Photo by Amy Morris/ciraphotography.com

Stairway leading up to the historic Chieftain's Mound, the tallest of the parks 26 mounds at 60 feet high. Photo by Amy Morris/ciraphotography.com

Focused intently on his work, internationally accomplished artist, Dan Townsend, creates another beautifully carved shell. His work has was invited and displayed at the grand opening of the National Museum of the American Indian Smithsonian. See more at http://shellcarver.com. Photo by Amy Morris/ciraphotography.com

Intricately carved shells by internationally renowned artist Dan Townsend on display for sale. See more at http://shellcarver.com. Photo by Amy Morris/ciraphotography.com

Lyndon Alec, a member of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe, is a premier hoop dancer who has performed internationally with a special performance at the Russian Goodwill games. Lyndon drew a big crowd for his performances at Moundville. www.lyndonalec.com. Photo by Amy Morris/ciraphotography.com

Seminole artist, Pedro Osceola Zepeda, demonstrates his woodcarving skills to visitors. See more at www.facebook.com/pedrozepedaseminole. Photo by Amy Morris/ciraphotography.com

Happy to be helping Daddy, daughter Amelia Deland-Zepeda and Pedro Zepeda, show their wood working skills to visitors. See more at www.facebook.com/pedrozepedaseminole. Photo by Amy Morris/ciraphotography.com

Jewelry maker, Rebecca Alec, has been creating jewelry for 18 years. She loves the art and wishes she had found it sooner in her life. Her artistry is sold at many events throughout her travels with husband and famous hoop dancer Lyndon Alec. www.lyndonalec.com. Photo by Amy Morris/ciraphotography.com

A young visitor Seth Hester, decked out in festival face paint enjoys a Cherokee Hunter's Encampment educational meeting with renowned Cherokee, Diamond Go-Sti Brown. Diamond is a full-blooded Cherokee educator that has 2 Bronze statues in his honor at Dahlonega and Cummings, GA. He travels the US giving educational field trip programs he has named “Touch the Earth”. For more info www.touchtheearth.org. Photo by Amy Morris/ciraphotography.com

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