News…

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. – As part of a nationwide tour, the Dineh Tah’ Navajo Dance Group will perform at the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex on Saturday, April 7 at 1 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.

As performing ambassadors to the Great Navajo Nation, the Dineh Tah’ Navajo Dancers, under the direction of Shawn Price, are considered an outstanding group of talented and devoted individuals who offer the finest in traditional and semi-contemporary performances. They have received many accolades, while performing for many distinguished events and premier venues throughout the country.

The group is touring the country in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the treaty between the United States of America and the Navajo Tribe of Indians. The treaty was signed June 1, 1868, ratified by the U.S. Senate July 25, 1868, and proclaimed by President Andrew Johnson on Aug. 12, 1868.

Members of the dance group include Everette John, Peter Begay, Brennon John, Ashley Chischilly, Tammy Yazzie, Deandra Sage, April John, Alyssa Luna and Asia Morris, along with singer Tavish Brown.

Operated by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex features one of the largest conical burial mounds built by the Adena people between 250 – 150 B.C. and ranks as one of the largest earthen mortuary mounds anywhere in the world. Exhibits and displays in the Delf Norona Museum interpret what is known about the lives of these prehistoric people and the construction of the mound. The complex also houses the West Virginia Archaeological Research and Collections Management Facility.

Admission to Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex is free. The Delf Norona Museum, located at 801 Jefferson Avenue, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and closed Sunday and Monday. Outdoor access closes at 4:30 p.m.

For more information about activities and programs at Grave Creek Mound, contact Andrea Keller, cultural program coordinator, at (304) 843-4128 or [email protected] or visit www.facebook.com/gravecreekmound and www.twitter.com/gravecreekmound.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the Office of Secretary of Education and the Arts. The division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, brings together the past, present and future through programs and services focusing on archives and history, arts, historic preservation and museums. For more information about the division’s programs, events and sites, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

-30-