of Wisdom Unity Conference
to benefit future
Native American Center
(August 2005) Against all odds, The Circle of Wisdom Unity
Conference has overcome financial difficulties and on Aug. 13-14 will
hold the annual Native American Benefit Festival to raise funds for
the Kentucky Center for Native American Arts and Culture.
The event and the future cultural center are located at Gen. Butler
State Resort Park in Carrollton, Ky.
Last years event was a four-day event, but due to
a lack of funding, this years event was scaled back to two days.
The Circle announced in June that money from the state was not available
and the local tourism office could not offer any money. Without money
from these sources, the benefit festival simply was not possible. However,
two Native American groups from Florida made donations totaling $10,000,
enough to hold this years event, said co-organizer Marty Soaring
Eagle Martin of Louisville.
The Native American Heritage Group Inc. and the Chambers Farm Family
Gathering Pow Wow from Ft. McCoy, Fla., helped to make the festival
Proceeds from the benefit festival are being raised to eventually construct
the Kentucky Center for Native American Arts and Culture. Kentucky Gov.
Ernie Fletcher in 2004 granted land for the center at Butler Park on
land that was once occupied by Ski Butler. The ski lodge closed several
The Circle of Wisdom Unity Conference, which consists of 28 different
Native American throughout Kentucky, hopes to use the 85 acres to create
an enjoyable and educational place to people to come. A museum, genealogical
archives, gift shop and walking paths are all part of the plans for
the $2.5 million center. Right now, The Circle is more concerned about
raising enough money needed to tear down the former ski lodge building
that sits on the proposed site for the museum. Estimates total $75,
000 to have the building demolished, Martin said.
A Cherokee of Kentucky and board member of The Circle of Wisdom Unity
Conference, Martin said he hopes this years festival will be successful.
Last year crowd estimates reached nearly 7,000 people who attended the
four-day event. Martin is concerned about turnout this year due to the
shortened duration of the festival.
Gates open both days at 10 a.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for senior
citizens and $2 for children under 13. Bleacher seating is limited,
so guests are asked to bring chairs and blankets. Many activities are
planned. Martin said, Weve go quite a few activities for
everyone. We want everyone to come out and have a good time with us.
For more information call (502) 966-9049
or (502) 532-7290.
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