NATCHITOCHES – Craftspeople from Louisiana tribes along with those from neighboring states will participate in the 40th annual Native American Crafts Day at Northwestern State University Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in Williamson Museum on the second floor of Kyser Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

There will be craft making demonstrations and traditional items will be for sale. All proceeds from sales go to the craftspeople.

The Anthropological Society at Northwestern State and The Native American Student Association sponsor the event.

Craftspeople from the Coushatta, Choctaw, Tunica-Biloxi, Houma, Choctaw-Apache, Alabama-Coushatta, and Chitimacha will have basketry, beadwork, silverwork and other crafts. There will also be Creole file making, weaving and featherwork as well as blowguns, bows and arrows and woodcarvings.

The Williamson Museum is in compliance with the Native American Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 and tribal crafts are protected from imitators at the museum.