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Coco Tribe of Canneci Tinne at the Opelousas Museum

WHAT: Gathering to learn, sing and dance

WHO:   The general public is invited

WHEN:  Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023

TIME:    10 a.m. to 12 noon.

WHERE:  Opelousas Museum & Interpretive Center, 315 N Main St., Opelousas, LA 70570

CONTACT:  Patrice Melnick 337-948-2589; museum@cityofopelousas.com

November is National American Indian Heritage Month.  On Saturday November 4, Chief Cougar Goodbear and members of theCoco Tribe of Canneci Tinne will hold a socialfrom 10 a.m. to noon.  Tribe members will discuss the history and culture of their heritage; then visitors are invited to participate in drumming and singing.  Precious tribal artifacts will be on display such as a traditional rattle, drum, war club, beaded satchel and turtle pouch.

Coco Tribe Of Canneci Tinne was formed by the descendants of the Coco Tribe.  The group inhabited the Prairie Maronne and Bayou Tortue area of St. Martin Parish and Lafayette Parish, living on the border of the two parishes which was called Attakapas in the 1800s. They are a Tribe of Lipan Apache Indians called Canneci (Kansi/Kaneechee) which means Tall Sticks/Poles in a row standing or Red Mud; Tinne means People.  The Coco Tribe of Canneci Tinne, Inc. has persevered and is resilient in its culture, language, and traditions.

The event takes place on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Opelousas Museum, 315 N Main St., Opelousas, LA 70570.

FMI: Patrice Melnick 337-948-2589; museum@cityofopelousas.com