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Clarksville-Montgomery County School System receives books from Native Cultural Circle


Clarksville Montgomery County School System (CMCSS)Montgomery County, TN – Clarksville’s Native Cultural Circle presented books to Clarksville-Montgomery County School System (CMCSS) Middle Schools Friday, August 18th, 2017.

The books feature Native American Stories and Environmental Activities.

Native American Books

Native American Books

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American Pride Present at the Native Cultural Circle’s 14th Annual Powwow


Adams, TN – The 14th Annual Intertribal Powwow presented by the Native Cultural Circle (NCC) of Clarksville presents Native Peoples of America showing pride in their culture and in being heroes who keep America free. Great emphasis is shown in honoring all Veterans of the United States Armed Forces as well as police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel.

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Five APSU Librarians Recognized for Training People to Use the Tennessee Electronic Library


Nashville, TN – Five librarians from Austin Peay State University have received an award for their efforts in training people to use the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL).

Christina Chester-Fangman, Inga Filippo, Nancy Gibson, Sharon Johnson and Philenese Slaughter were recently honored at the Tenn-Share fall conference. Tenn-Share is a nonprofit organization that promotes resource sharing among libraries and other information agencies throughout Tennessee.

TEL Trainer Award

TEL Trainer Award

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APSU faculty members help put APSU on map through scholarly pursuits


Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – Several faculty members at Austin Peay State University recently have brought recognition to the University through their professional and scholarly activities.

Dr. Chinyere Ogbonna-McGruder, associate professor of public management and criminal justice and program manager of the criminal justice program, presented a paper, titled “Incarcerated Women Drug Offenders in Tennessee: A research study,” at the Intellectbase International Consortium Academic Conference from October 14th-16th in Atlanta, GA. The paper also has been published in the International Handbook of Academic Research and Teaching. «Read the rest of this article»

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Cold wet weather could not drown out the spirit at the 2009 NCC Intertribal Powwow


ncclogoThe Native Cultural Circle closed out their 12th Annual Intertribal Powwow Sunday. The Powwow showcases the culture, heritage, and traditions of all Native Americans. The Powwow opened Saturday morning with the third annual Trail of Tears Memorial Walk.

The walk remembers the plight of the Native Americans forced from their ancestral homes to the Indian territory in what became the State of Oklahoma. Diary records of the removal mentioned Port Royal, the last stop before leaving Tennessee, as an encampment site where the Cherokee stayed to re-supply, grind corn and rest. Hundreds of Cherokee died during their trip west, and thousands more perished as a consequence of relocation.

The third annual Trail of Tears Memorial Walk

The third annual Trail of Tears Memorial Walk

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APSU librarians give free books to campers


Austin Peay State University LogoWhen the Junior Govs Summer Camp ended last Friday, the 75 children campers who spent their summer at APSU each went home with a brand new book.

The Junior Govs is a recreational-based summer camp that gets kids active in sports and games, but on several occasions, campers found their way into the APSU Woodward Library. That’s where they met instruction team librarians Christina Chester-Fangman, Philenese Slaughter, Inga Filippo, Nancy Gibson and Sharon Johnson. Over the last few weeks, the professors conducted enrichment activities for the campers, such as story times and lessons on research with the “age-appropriate” database Kids InfoBits, provided by Tennessee Electronic Library or TEL.

When the camp ended last Friday, the librarians decided to offer a special farewell to the children they’d come to know. That’s why they contacted the Clarksville Arts and Heritage Development Council and the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts about providing free books to each camper. «Read the rest of this article»

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Native Cultural Circle completes annual election of officers

NCC mbrs meet w/Rep. Pitts

NCC members meet with State Rep.Joe Pitts

Clarksville’s Native Culture Circle held its annual election of officers at its February 4th meeting. The results are reported as follows: Running unopposed and retained in office- Douglas Kirby, President; Virginia Moore, Secretary; Philenese Slaughter, Treasurer; and Wendell Clark, Sergeant-at-Arms.

Two candidates were nominated for the new office of vice-president. The result of the balloting was Robbie Wildbear, First Vice-President and Turner McCullough Jr., Second vice-President for Public Relations and Coordination.

Fancy Men's Dancer performs at NCC Powwow

Men's Fancy Dancer performs at NCC Port Royal Powwow

Clarksville Native Culture Circle is a local Native American history and culture awareness and education advocacy group. It is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization which stages the annual Native Cultural Circle Port Royal Powwow at the Port Royal Historic State Park. Proceeds from the powwows fund the purchase of books on Native American history and culture, which are ,in turn, donated to regional school libraries.


Port Royal Lantern Tour unveils treasures of local history


This nighttime lantern tour of the historic state park offers visitors insight into aspects of local history not readily available, and, too often, not pursued. Moving along softly illuminated trails, re-enactors share the area’s secrets for willing ears.

In what is hopefully to become an annual event, the Port Royal Historic State Park, now listed as an official Trail of Tears Park, staged their Lantern History Tour. The tour was not a Halloween fright-type of celebration, but rather an effort to share the history of this most under-appreciated area of Montgomery County and it’s contributions to Clarksville’s history. The Lantern Tour is the result of the combined efforts of The Friends of Port Royal and the Port Royal Park staff and supporters. The event, which was free to the public, ended with a roaring bonfire, toasted marshmallows and hot cider.

Col. John Montgomery

Entering the park along and down the candle-lit pathway, visitors first encounter a Longhunter, Colonel John Montgomery, played by Michael Ramsey, an APSU student and volunteer at Mansker Station in Goodlettsville. The colonel’s story relates experiences of his life spent trapping in Port Royal and exploration of the region in 1771. Leaving the colonel with his trusty long rifle, visitors move further on into the park, guided by illuminated mini-torch baggettes.

Next on the trail is an early settler woman, Susannah McFadden, portrayed by Silvia Britton, also a Mansker Station volunteer. Susannah relates the experience of living on the new frontier, its hardships, her surprises and her experiences of taking pioneers into the new frontier of 1790. She is an unusual entity, being a woman frontier guide in 1790. «Read the rest of this article»


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