Celebrate American Indian Week!


American Indian Week (September 22-28) is a state-designated week honoring the influence of American Indians on Ohio. Programs will be organized state-wide to raise awareness of pre-contact, historic and modern cultures. This year’s theme is “Food, Culture and Stories,” which means a delicious, fascinating, and community focused path to an entire week of celebration.
Come to the Ohio History Center on Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28, 2014 to celebrate American Indian Week. On this day, the museum will be FREE to all visitors so come explore, learn and taste the past with us! Programs will occur throughout the day from 10 am until 3 pm. Programs on Saturday, September 27 will include: 11:00am – How the Plants Came to Be Join a special story time for young children and their families. In one of the galleries, gather in a circle to hear American Indians stories of how different foods came to be.  Beans, corn, clams, rice, and more legends are mixed with sensory activities like touching, smelling, and tasting. For children under 6 and their families. 12:00pm – The Pre-Contact Diet  This hands-on activity will introduce families to some of the grains and nuts that were part of the pre-contact diet in Ohio. Everyone in the group will get to participate by touching, identification, and tasting some American Indian staple foods! For all audiences. 1:30pm – Tools of Transformation  Moving through several galleries, this tour will look at tools used in agriculture and harvesting from some of our earliest stone objects to their 19th century counterparts that kept rich agricultural traditions alive. For all audiences. 2:30pm – What’s for Dinner? Mastodon Cart  A human-focused spin on our classic Conway Cart will focus on how Mastodons were hunted and used by American Indians, how we study this, and introduce some of the tools used to butcher such a giant creature. For all audiences. Programs on Sunday, September 28 will include: 12:30pm – How the Plants Came to Be Join a special story time for young children and their families. In one of the galleries, gather in a circle to hear American Indians stories of how different foods came to be.  Beans, corn, clams, rice, and more legends are mixed with sensory activities like touching, smelling, and tasting. For children under 6 and their families. 1:00pm – The Pre-Contact Diet  This hands-on activity will introduce families to some of the grains and nuts that were part of the pre-contact diet in Ohio. Everyone in the group will get to participate by touching, identification, and tasting some American Indian staple foods! For all audiences. 2:00pm – Tools of Transformation  Moving through several galleries, this tour will look at tools used in agriculture and harvesting from some of our earliest stone objects to their 19th century counterparts that kept rich agricultural traditions alive. For all audiences. 3:00pm – What’s for Dinner? Mastodon Cart  A human-focused spin on our classic Conway Cart will focus on how Mastodons were hunted and used by American Indians, how we study this, and introduce some of the tools used to butcher such a giant creature. For all audiences.


Events Around the State

Three Sisters Cook-Off at Historic Schoenbrunn Village New Philadelphia, Ohio Saturday, September 27 11:00am – 3:00pm On Saturday, September 27 Historic Schoenbrunn Village will host a Three Sisters Cook-Off as part of the statewide American Indian Week celebration. The contestants are invited to use one of the three sisters in their recipe and cooking in colonial style. The cook-off will be from 11:00am – 3:00pm and all are invited to register to cook. The rules consist of using at least one of the three sisters, beans, corn, or squash, in a period correct recipe. The dish must be prepared at the village and use period cooking methods. The period that the recipe and methods must be from is 1770-1780. Colonial attire will be encouraged for all contestants. For a list of the complete rules, or to register, please email Holly Smith at [email protected] or call the Dennison Depot at 740.922.6776. Registration is due by the contest day. Admission: $7/adult (18-54), $5/senior (55+), $4/children (7-17), and children 7 and under are free. Schoenbrunn Historic Village is open on Saturdays from 9:30am – 5:00 pm and Sundays from noon – 5:00pm. More information on the village is available by contacting Holly Smith at [email protected] or www.ohiofirstvillage.com.   Serpent Mound Peebles, Ohio Saturday, September 27 10:30am – 11:30am: Come listen to an American Indian flute player 2:00pm – 4:00pm: Acclaimed folk singer Steve Free will entertain guests 12:00pm, 2:00pm, and 4:00pm: Join a formal tour of Serpent Mound Ongoing: Face painting, story telling, atlatl throwing, and American Indian games for children Admission: $8/vehicle, Free/Ohio History Connection members During the month of September, Serpent Mound is open Monday through Thursday from 10:00am to 4:00pm and Friday through Sunday 9:00am to 5:00pm. For more information on Serpent Mound please call 800.752.2757.

Posted September 22, 2014
Topics: Archaeology

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