American Indian Week Celebration


American Indian Week Celebration

Sat., Sept. 30, 2017 • 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Ohio History Center, Columbus

In 2014, the Ohio General Assembly designated the last week in September as American Indian Week to recognize the impact that American Indian people have had on Ohio. Enjoy special programming all day as we celebrate!
Ohio History Connection Members Reception • 9:30–11 a.m.

Enjoy light refreshments and meet our special guest Ben Barnes, Second Chief of the Shawnee Tribe along with Brad Lepper, Archaeologist, and Stacey Halfmoon, Director of American Indian Relations for the Ohio History Connection. Please RSVP by visiting or by calling 800.686.1545. Considering a membership? An Ohio History Connection membership gets you free admission to all 50+ of our historic sites around the state, invitations to special member events like this and much more!

11:15 a.m.–Noon & 2–2:45 p.m.
Hear from Ben Barnes, Second Chief of the Shawnee Tribe. Second Chief Barnes will speak about his role as a tribal leader, Shawnee history and current events.

12:30–1 p.m.
Learn about Ohio’s world-class earthworks and our efforts toward joining the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List from Archaeologist Brad Lepper.

10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Join Dr. Christina Balengee Morris from The Ohio State University to explore origin stories. Several thousand years ago, earthworks were a central feature of the public architecture of many Indigeous cultures and some anthropologists view narratives about the objects inside as vital to understanding them. Using her website, Earthworks Rising, she will help you explore how origin stories are related to those objects and work with you to create your own origin story.

10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Enjoy a variety of hands-on activities throughout the museum for you to learn about Ohio’s connection to American Indians. You can make your own animal effigy, practice using tools and explore how trading may have worked for cultures like the Hopewell and Adena.

Posted September 22, 2017
Topics: American Indian History
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