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St. Louis Scottish Games & Cultural Festival


Native Americans Will Mix with Scots at 3rd Annual St. Louis Scottish Games & Cultural Festival

ST. LOUIS, Mo. Bagpipes and kilts will share the stage with traditional Native American flute playing, storytelling, singing and dancing at the Third Annual St. Louis Scottish Games on October 10 and 11 in Forest Park.

Archie and Ramona Mason, Native Americans from Oklahoma, will perform and lecture on the ties between American Indians and Scottish-Americans. Archie, a retiree of the public school system and higher education in Oklahoma, is a member of the Osage and Cherokee tribes, and belongs to the Gray Horse District of the Osage. He has served on several U.S. government commissions on Indian education and cultural affairs. He resides in Tulsa with his wife, Ramona, who is a Muscogee Creek. Both have ties to the infamous "Trail of Tears," which was led by an Indian chief who was three-fourths Scottish and whose name was Ross.

"If you went through the formal surnames of many Native Americans, you would probably find that they are mostly Scottish names," said Diane McCullough, vice chairman of St. Louis Scottish Games and a teacher in the St. Louis public schools.

Of course, the Games will also showcase more traditional Scottish entertainment, including Brian McNeill. Described by The Scotsman magazine as "Scotland's most meaningful contemporary songwriter," McNeill is head of Scottish music at the Scottish Royal Academy of the Arts in Glasgow.

With supporting grants from the Missouri Arts Council (a state agency) and the Regional Arts Commission, the nonprofit Third Annual St. Louis Scottish Games and Cultural Festival on Friday evening will also feature a torchlight ceremony, the "calling of the Scottish clans," and a ceilidh ("kay-lee," a Scottish celebration with singing and dancing). Saturday's events will include ancient Scottish athletic contests, bagpipe and Highland dance competitions, musical and other performing artists, Scottish history and storytelling, Scottish foods and crafts, children's activities, sheepdog herding demonstrations, exhibits of Highland cattle and the Clydesdale horse, birds of prey, and a British car show.

For more information, call (314) 821-1286, or log on to www.stlouis-scottishgames.com


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