5/25/2012

Fort Scott programs honor the American Indian

Fort Scott National Historic Site News Release


Date: May 25, 2012
Contact: Galen Ewing, (620) 223-0310, galen_ewing@nps.gov


Fort Scott National Historic Site to Offer Programs Honoring the American Indian for Good Ol’ Days

On June 2, 2012, Fort Scott National Historic Site will offer programs, demonstrations and activities focusing on the theme, The American Indian: Then and Now”. As American Indians were being removed west, Fort Scott was established in 1842 to enforce the “permanent Indian frontier”, where the relocated tribes’ new land would be protected from white settlement. Once Kansas became a state, many of the tribes were once again forced to remove to new lands. Over the years, the American Indians have struggled to adapt to a new lifestyle while retaining their culture and traditions. These traditions help them to persevere and continue to grow stronger today.

Come and enjoy the sounds of beating drums as the Oklahoma Fancy Dancers, a group that came together to form a professional and highly acclaimed Native American dance troupe, share their culture with you through dance. Listen as Chief Glenna Wallace, the first woman chief of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe, tells you of the history of the Shawnee. Marvel at the beauty of a “Morning Star Quilt” as noted quilter Mildred Jordt of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribes informs you of its significance to her people. Visit with a Prairie State Park Ranger and learn the importance of the American Buffalo to Plains Indian tribes as a source of food, clothing, shelter and other necessities of life. Plan on joining park volunteers and try your hand at hide painting and other American Indian crafts.

The schedule of activities is listed below:

SATURDAY, JUNE 2

11:00 am – The American Buffalo: Supermarket on the Plains – Prairie State Park Ranger
12:30 pm – “Quilt of the Morning Star” - American Indian Star Quilts – Mildred Jordt of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribes
1:30 pm – Shawnee Tribal History – Chief Glenna Wallace
2:30 pm – Oklahoma Fancy Dancers – American Indian Dancing
3:30 pm – “Quilt of the Morning Star” - American Indian Star Quilts – Mildred Jordt of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribes
6:30 pm – Oklahoma Fancy Dancers – American Indian Dancing

Fort Scott National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park Service, is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call the site at 620-223-0310 or visit our web site at www.nps.gov/fosc.

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 395 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.

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