SHARING A DANCE

SHARING A DANCE — Native American John Lone Eagle, donned in Indian wardrobe, led a group of Reelfoot Lake visitors in a traditional snake dance during Reelfoot Lake State Park’s Eagle Festival Saturday. Lone Eagle, whose mother is Cherokee and father Apache, blessed the bald eagles kept in the raptor enclosure behind the Reelfoot Lake Visitors Center before performing traditional and new Indian music with assistance from a guitarist and percussionist for those in attendance. Festival-goers were also treated to birds of prey programs by ranger David Haggard and John and Dale Stokes of Wings to Soar. During his program, Haggard said traditional Native Americans consider bald eagles to be messengers to God and golden eagles birds of war, while owls are messengers to darkness.

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