CONTACT: Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association
PHONE: 256.350.3500 / 800.648.5381

Tuscumbia’s Annual Native American Celebration Set for September 13-14

Decatur, Ala. – A celebration of the culture and traditions of American Indians who once lived in north Alabama returns to downtown Tuscumbia in September for two days of educational and free family fun. Now in its 19th year, Oka Kapassa: Return to Coldwater is set for September 13-14, 2019, with activities taking place in and around Spring Park in downtown Tuscumbia. 

Oka Kapassa introduces North Alabama’s Indian heritage in an entertaining and educational way through hands-on activities and demonstrations. Friday, September 13th is designated school day for 4th and 5th graders. From 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., school groups are invited to experience Oka Kapassa through Native American music, demonstrations and special programs held throughout the day. Schools may register by contacting Tammy Wynn at the University of North Alabama In-Service Center at 256.765.4359 or 800.760.7517. 

On Saturday, September 14th, the festivities get underway at 9 a.m. and throughout the day, Native Americans will gather to share their heritage through crafts, fancy and traditional dance, demonstrations, storytelling and music. Festivalgoers have the opportunity to purchase authentic native artwork and crafts to treasure for years to come. There will be stone carving, native flute music, native foods, flintknapping, archery demonstrations and more. The Pioneer living history log cabin will also be open for tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The daylong event concludes at 6 p.m.

Festivalgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets. Admission is free. For more information, visit or call Colbert County Tourism at 800.344.0783 or 256.383.0783.  

About Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA)
AMLA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the travel industry within the 16 northernmost counties of the state.  It is supported by 500-plus members consisting of chambers of commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, attractions, campgrounds, festivals, communities, counties, golf courses, restaurants, tour operators, accommodations, vendors, financial institutions and individuals.  Counties included within the AMLA region are Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston. Additional information on North Alabama destinations, accommodations and special events is available from the AMLA by calling 800.648.5381 or by visiting their web site at