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Native American celebrationNative Americans will share their...


Native American celebration

Native Americans will share their cultural heritage during the seventh annual National Native American Cultural Arts Festival and Pow Wow tomorrow through Sunday. Sponsored by the Baltimore American Indian Center in conjunction with Catonsville Community College Native American Student Association, the festival will be held in the CCC gymnasium.

Representatives of tribes from all over the country will join the festivities and participate in traditional Native American dancing, singing and drumming wearing ceremonial dress. There will also be Native American crafts for sale, including pottery, baskets, rugs, and blankets and festival goers can sample such dishes as fry bread, buffalo burgers, buffalo stew and corn soup.

Gates are open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission for a three-day pass is $12 for adults; $9 for senior citizens and children; for a one-day pass admission is $6 for adults; $4 for seniors and children. Call (410) 675-3535.

Christmas past

Find out how Baltimoreans of the 19th century celebrated the holiday season as costumed interpreters welcome the public to "Merry Old Christmas," a presentation by the Baltimore City Life Museums on Saturday.

Each of the museum's decorated sites will offer a different aspect of a 19th-century Christmas. Visitors can sample

gingerbread baked on the open hearth in the kitchen of the 1840 House. Upstairs, children can make wooden toys and, in other parts of the house, students from the Baltimore School for the Arts will perform vignettes, lead parlor games, sing carols, dance and tell stories.

At the Carroll Mansion hear "Nelly" talk about what life was like as a servant in the household of Charles Carroll of Carrollton while in the second-floor drawing room the dance troupe Choreographie Antique will perform 19th-century dances. At other museum sites around the courtyard you can learn how to make ornamental cornucopias, quilt squares and other craft items. The festivities are included in the admission to the Baltimore City Life Museum sites at 800 E. Lombard St., which is $5 for adults; $3.50 for seniors and children, ages 4 to 18. Call (410) 396-3524.

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