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Chattahoochee Indian Heritage Center

The Chattahoochee Indian Heritage Center is located in Russell County adjacent to the Fort Mitchell National Historic Landmark Park, and is open to visitors free of charge during park hours.

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The center, dedicated during a Native American heritage celebration on October 4-5, 2002, features a sculpture and other installations honoring the Creek Indians who once occupied the lower Chattahoochee Valley of Alabama and Georgia. Interpretive markers explaining Creek heritage can be viewed along a walking trail bordered with plantings that represent the traditional species used for food, medicine, and ceremonies by the region's Indian groups. A ball field modeled on the traditional stickball fields of the Creeks and other southeastern Indian peoples is a prominent feature of the park.

The focal point of the park is a 21-foot-high steel and bronze sculpture representing the Sacred Fire that sat at the heart of every Creek town and is surrounded by other symbols sacred to the Creeks. The four granite blocks represent four ears of corn placed on the fire, and at the base, four granite slabs point in the cardinal directions and represent the four logs of the fire. The entire sculpture is set inside a ring of four planting beds representing the four cardinal directions and holding four large horizontal bronze panels inscribed with the names listed on the Creek Indian census of 1833. The design is a symbolic recreation of an Indian town square. Periodic public programs are scheduled at the Chattahoochee Indian Heritage Center by the Chattahoochee Indian Heritage Association in cooperation with other groups including Columbus State University.