These Countries have accepted the Middfest International invitation
to be a part of the 2005 event.
CountryRepresented by It’s Indigenous People
ChileMapuche & Aymara
South AfricaBushmen & Khoi
USAMiami Indian Tribe of Oklahoma
Dignitaries from these countries have been invited to participate throughout the event. Membersof the Miami Tribe are the official co-host of the occasion.Joseph Leonard, PhD. at MiamiUniversity, and, son of the Miami Tribe Chief, Floyd E. Leonard, will represent the Miami Indigenous Tribe.
(Names, times and dates will be posted on our website for the media as they become available.)
MC opening night ceremony.Not confirmed at this time.
Suggested Interview Topics:
¨Thumbnail sketch of each of the indigenous groups represented.
¨Do Indigenous People live in the past? How are their contemporary lives like or different from those of the people who dominate their present culture?
¨Is there a worldwide network of indigenous people?
¨How have our indigenous plants and flowers also evolved?
¨Which non-indigenous plants to our area might grow here?
¨What recent plant discoveries may affect lives and what were the original uses of these plants by indigenous populations?
¨How Middfest International through it’s 25 year history, has promoted partnerships locally and worldwide; partnerships with academic associations, business enterprises, governments, family to family and individual to individual.
¨Understanding why education is a priority and how it fits into the mix.
(Our complete classroom teacher’s educational guide is ready for downloading at our website.www.middfestinternational.org)
¨Volunteerism is the crux of our event.To emphasize this, introduce those who have served for our entire 25 years.We call it extreme commitment.
Our visitors are available for interviewing and photos with notice.
Some will use interpreters.
Tour Middfest offices by appointment.
Offices are open Monday – Friday from til
Interview Executive Director, Virginia Ritan
Call 513-425-7707 for more information.
Spring and Summer Events include:
Saturday, June 11 at in Bicentennial Commons on Carmody in Middletown.Volunteers will be selecting the committees they would like to work on and have other questions answered.
The morning will consist of:
Indigenous Flag Raising
MadisonSchool Steel Band
Scrumptious Breakfast provided by The Blue Goose in Middletown
Great Coffee supplied by Java Johnnies in Middletown
Table Top floral designs by Flowers by Rogers from Middletown
Saturday, August 6 at Bulls Run Arboretum in Middletown.
By attending this event you can expect great entertainment, food, soft drinks, prizes and more. RSVP is requested, call 513-425-7707.
Fall Events include:
Exhibit Walk Thru & Indigenous Peoples Welcome
Indigenous Guests, Experts & Dignitaries in Schools and Universitiesthroughout the Tri-State area.
Special Opening Reception and Garden Party Gala with a preview of the IndigenousGardenCenter, Hosted by the Miami Indians
Business and Sponsors Breakfast
Closing Ceremony and finale @
Look for details on post event Photo Show.Take your best shot of any Middfest International event and show off!
Food & Souvenirs
Follow your nose and it will lead you to authentic international foods offered in our food court.We will also have food demonstrations throughout the weekend.
ItalianGreekAsian – only the beginning!
Open all three days:
Sponsored by Target Stores
Village Life will provide the theme for this park designed especially for children up to 12 years of age. There, through games, crafts, storytelling, music and other hands on activities our young guests can explore these ancient cultures on their own level.
¨Whirlwind Round Robin sessions at the Drum and Dance Circle
¨Native American POW WOW, led by members of the Miami Tribe
¨Mask Making & Craft sessions led by members of the South African ArcheDream Company
¨Story Telling session with John Two Hawks
¨Special commemorative badges are available for attendees.
YouthPark is open all through the celebration weekend.
Super Saturday for Kids-9am and offers a special morning for groups such as scouts, church youth groups, and other children to learn and explore.Call to register individuals or groups, 513-425-7707.
Weekend Culture & Entertainment
Live Performances on Three Stages
All variety of animals will be located in the animal center, plus, Horses, Llama, and Reindeer. Visitors from the Columbus Zoo will also be bringing special guests.
A primitive breed dog show featuring African Hunting Dogs, Basenji; Mastif; Wolf type Breeds, Huskies, German Shepard, and Malamute is in the planning stage.
¨Featuring the indigenous flowers and plants of seven countries
¨Flower show landscaped by professional designer, Warren Klink of Urban Landscapes
¨Waterfall Installations; Provided by Henger Ponds of Vandalia, Ohio
¨Herbal and Sacred PlantsGarden
Class room projects related to the indigenous people
Music & Dance:
Performers representing other cultures include:
ArcheDream from South Africa
John Two Hawks from the Native American culture
Wayanay Inka from Peru
Seona McDowell from Australia
Barvinok from Brazil
Drum and Dance Circle
Regional Groups from southwest Ohio:
Curtis Tucker with Carillons, Symphony and Chorus
The Queen City Chorus from Cincinnati
Jim McCutcheon - a featured performer at Middfest since the early 1980s.
Film & Conversations:
Interact with experts and scholars at Middfest International to share knowledge about our guest cultures.
Dr. William W. Fitzhugh, the Director of the ArcticStudiesCenter and Chairman of the Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, is a specialist in circumpolar anthropology and archeology who has spent more than 30 years studying and publishing on arctic peoples and cultures in northern Canada, Alaska, Siberian, and Scandinavia.
Dr. Fitzhugh has authored several books and papers, plus, produced film series for NOVA, Viking Films, Ward-Chronkite Television and produced four international exhibitions.He has also received the prestigious Smithsonian Distinguished Lecturer Award.
Several books written by Dr. Fitzhugh will be for sale during Middfest.