July 23, 2014

State of Alabama
Press Release: Alabama State Council on the Arts

Alabama Arts Radio Series - ACTC Director Joey Brackner interviews William Bailey, Poarch Band of Creek Indian Tribe Elder

William Bailey
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William Bailey

This show in a repeat from 2006 of William Bailey talking to ACTC Director Joey Brackner. 

The Poarch community of Creek Indians near Atmore is Alabama’s only federally recognized Native American tribe. For more than a decade, William Bailey has been instrumental in bringing Creek elders from Oklahoma to teach the language and to help reintroduce traditions that were no longer practiced in Alabama. The Creek language, a foundation of tribal culture, was the focus of early apprenticeship projects. William built on this effort, working with other tribal members to reestablish the stomp dance and traditional ceremonies in his community. He visited Oklahoma to work with Creek elders such as George Bunny and Sam Proctor, learning about medicinal herbs, making ball sticks and blow guns, and other traditional practices and teaching these skills through the Apprenticeship Program.

This special radio series will air every Sunday at 2:00 P.M., on the Troy University Public Radio Network at:  

  • WTSU 89.9 (Montgomery and Troy)
  • WRWA 88.7 (Dothan)
  • WTJB 91.7 (Columbus and Phenix   City) 

This radio series may not be broadcast in your area, but it can be accessed via the Internet at:http://www.arts.alabama.gov/actc/radioserieslist.aspx

If you have been listening to, and enjoying this radio series, please send your comments to:barbara.reed@arts.alabama.gov

Listen first hand using the link below.

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