Dressed in traditional clothing and moving to the beat of the drum, Native American dancers gave the crowd at the Bob Bullock State History Museum a taste of their culture and traditions.
They gathered for the first annual American Indian Heritage Day, a recognition created by the state legislature. The annual event will now be the last Friday in September.
Shannon Smith is from the Kiowa tribe in Oklahoma. As a Native American, the first American Indian Heritage Day is something she's very proud of.
"There are so many different dances that belong to different tribes,” she said. "I think it's very important for our younger generations."
Organizers say it’s important for the kiddos to recognize the contributions American Indians have made to the state.
"These aren't groups of people that have lived in our state a long time ago, it's a living and breathing culture and it's part of our state," Bullock Museum School Curriculum Manager Kaitlin Lloyd said.
Similar celebrations are planned all over the state including a large ceremony taking place in Grand Prairie Saturday. Click here for more information.