Native Americans dressed in traditional clothing, played music and answered questions about their culture at the Katy ISD Folk Life Festival. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
By Jen Para | 4:27 pm April | Updated 4:29 pm April 6, 2019 CDT
The Kenneth D. Welch Outdoor Learning Center was busy with blacksmithing, archery and crafts during the 34th annual Folk Life Festival, which was hosted by Katy ISD on April 6.
With more than 35 demonstrations and activities, children and parents learned about pioneer life in the 1800s. The district expected a couple thousand attendees to stop by the event, said Paul Dunk, a specialist with the learning center.
“What makes this festival so successful is the volunteers, [such as]the teachers, parents, and presenters” he said. “All the people who willing give their time.”
In addition to a teepee, Native American music and farm animals, the Cane Island Volunteers showed attendees how pioneers crafted bullets over a campfire. Other activities included corn husk and rag doll making, tin punching and traditional pioneer games.
“It’s a lot of work, but it’s worthwhile work,” Dunk said.
Jen joined Community Impact Newspaper in fall 2018 as the editor of the Katy edition. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Jen has written about business, politics and education since 2013. Prior to CI, Jen was the web producer at Houston Business Journal.