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Native American Holiday Market Days at Cahokia Mounds

COLLINSVILLE, Ill. — Looking for unique holiday gifts? Need a dose of artistic expression? The annual Native American Holiday Market at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site offers both right after Thanksgiving from Friday, Nov. 29 through Sunday, Dec. 1. Thirty-five Native American artists, craftpersons and vendors will be selling an array of goods at the historic site's interpretive center. Their work includes paintings, drawings, baskets, beadwork, pottery, sculpture, metal work, wood carvings, feather work, flutes, decorated gourds and jewelry of all types. All items are Indian-made and most reflect some aspect of native culture. The artisans come from a variety of tribal affiliations, including Navajo, Zuni, Hopi, Potawatomi, Cherokee, Arapaho, Meskwaki, Ho-Chunk, Seminole, Oglala Sioux, Omaha, Kiowa, Cayuga, Santo Domingo, Oneida and Abenaki. Crafts and artwork will be available in all price ranges. The event runs from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, and from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 29-Dec. 1). There will be some demonstrations by the artisans. There is no admission fee, but donations of $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, $2 for students and $15 for families are suggested. Cahokia Mounts State Historic Site, operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, is located eight miles from downtown St. Louis in Collinsville, Illinois off Interstates 55-70 (Exit 6) and Interstate 225 (Exit 24) on Collinsville Road. The site is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays but is open Wednesday through Sunday. For more information call 618-346-5160 or go to www.cahokiamounds.org.

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