ECHO Seen and Heard in Neshoba County

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians brought a performing arts festival to Neshoba County Tuesday.

The Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations, also known as ECHO, performed at Neshoba Central and tribal schools, plus an evening performance at the Philadelphia/Neshoba Arts Theatre, all free of charge.

Its highlights include Choctaw, Eskimo and Hawaiian cultures.

"I think what kids take away from this is a) they're introduced to things that they haven't seen before," said Ed Bourgeois, ECHO tour director. "But then they find that all of these cultures, native cultures, indigenous cultures, and cultures like the Portuguese, we all share similar values and similar songs, stories, dances, but particularly the values are very similar from people to people."

The festival will make about a dozen stops throughout the nation.


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