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Tennessee Aquarium hosts
Native American Celebration

Live satellite feed on Tuesday, July 3 features
Muskogee Creek storyteller, dancers and artists

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (June 13, 2001) - The Tennessee Aquarium's plaza is said to be one of the sites where the Trail of Tears began. Thousands of Cherokee and Creek were rounded up at gunpoint by American soldiers and herded into flatboats at Ross's Landing. The forced march to Oklahoma resulted in the loss of more than a fourth of the Native Americans on the trail. However, this July, the plaza will be the site for a Native American celebration, rather than sorrow, when it comes alive with traditional Native American music, dance, storytelling and art.

Your viewers can be among the first to experience this unique gathering of the five tribes of the Southeast. Tuesday, July 3, from 6 to 9:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET, William Harjo, a full-blooded Muskogee Creek will share the language, crafts, stories and culture of the Southeastern tribes. In addition, viewers will see artists, dancers and an authentic Creek encampment.

"Nature is the center of the Native American culture," said Betty Miles, Aquarium member program coordinator and organizer of the month-long event. "We want visitors to enjoy the connection between the Aquarium's environmental story and the rich traditional art of the indigenous peoples of the Southeast." The following opportunities are available for your station:
  * Complimentary satellite uplink for an interview with William Harjo and/or Betty Miles
  * Comprehensive b-roll for a package

Leave the details to us: a satellite truck and expert production crew will be on site. Five-minute windows will be booked; 10-minute windows upon request. Make your reservation today. B-roll of costumed dancers, musicians and craftspeople will be provided. Satellite windows will be booked on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please call Katrina Craven 423-785-3011 (work), 423-266-9875 (home) or 423-874-5446 (pager) to reserve the satellite window of your choice.

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The Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga is the largest freshwater aquarium in the world. Built with private contributions, this non-profit educational organization is dedicated to the understanding, conservation and celebration of aquatic habitats. Admission is $12.95 per adult and $6.95 per child, ages 3-12. Advance tickets may be purchased online at or by phone at 1-800-262-0695. Members enjoy unlimited visits and other benefits. To join or for program and trip information, call 267-FISH. The Aquarium is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas and is accessible to people with disabilities.






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