March 24, 2013
Updated Mar 24, 2013 at 9:38 PM CST
PEORIA, Ill -- A special ceremony was held today to recognize the people who lived here long ago.
The sound of an Indian drum filled the Universalist Unitarian Church this morning.
The authentic songs were part of a ceremony on Native Americans who inhabited the area.
Ancient stories were told, native flutes were played and a peace pipe ceremony was performed.
Church member Dave Weiman says it's important to teach about history and the native Americans were a big part of it.
"It's true that you need to know your history so you can avoid the same mistakes in the future, and the American Indians were part of our history," said Weiman. "We did not treat them as well as we should have. This is the middle of our history and we have to make sure our future is better than what it has been in the past."
This is the 3rd year the church has held the American Indian ceremony.