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Choctaw stories shared

Reported by: Robert Byers
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Updated: 5/16/2013 4:59 pm
NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA) - Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians member Roseanna Thompson shared stories about the history of the Choctaws, especially ones in Mississippi.

Thompson lives near the Choctaw Reservation in Neshoba County and says most groups she speaks to want to hear about things like the Choctaw's language and culture.

Thompson said, "Most people are interested in where we came from and how we ended up in the Mississippi area. I usually do the migration stories. I also share the creation story. Some of our elders say we were created from the cave area in the Nanih Waiya Mound."

Thompson says her stories are a mix of fact and fiction, but that she never strays from her beliefs.

Thompson said, "A lot of it is always based on life skills and what we learn from life. It's based on how important it is for us to be spiritual people."

This storytelling is part of a bigger event this Saturday that connects the area to its musical past.

We're talking about the Down From the Hills Mississippi Bluegrass Competition.

Union County Heritage Museum Director Jill Smith said, "It's our hill country music. It's the edge of Appalachia. Times have changed, but we certainly want to keep this music alive."

This Saturday the competition is open to anyone with players from several states expected.

Along with all the great music there will also be other activities Saturday on the Union County Fairgrounds. It includes a quilt show and a pony pull."

Once the stage is set up on Saturday it's a chance to live a little in the past and enjoy a day of good music and fellowship.

The Down From the Hills Mississippi Bluegrass Competitions is this Saturday at the Union County Fairgrounds.

There's $8,000 in prize money split among winners in different categories.

Admission is $5 per person with children 12 and under free.
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