The event is slated for this Saturday and Sunday at Krodel Park’s Fort Randolph. The Eastern Woodland Frontier Gathering, which replaced the fort’s Native People of the Point event, will feature a variety or re-enactors and activities.
Craig Hesson, president of the Fort Randolph committee, described the event as an educational opportunity.
“There will be speakers to teach about eastern woodland Indian life,” he said.
He added that the event is different from Native People of the Point because it also will focus on showing the cordial relationship between the Indians and whites.
The Eastern Woodland Frontier Gathering will have interpreters in both the fort and the native village, which is located outside the fort, to show daily life in the 1700s. Re-enactor Dan Cutler will present the history and life of Chief Cornstalk on Saturday at 1:30 and 5 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
Doug Wood and Dianne Anestis are scheduled to share their knowledge of the eastern tribes and the roles that women had during the war. Norm Trendle will share stories and porcupine quillwork, while Sarah Cook will present her original art work. Other skills that will be shared include pit cooking, storytelling, hide tanning, primitive archery, tomahawk throwing and more.
Author Jim O’neal, who is a researcher and historian on Native American studies, especially in clothing and dress, will be in attendance as well.
“We would like to encourage everyone to come and learn our Native American heritage and of the people who lived here,” Hesson said.
In addition, the Fort Randolph committee will be selling raffle tickets in the fort’s gift shop for a flintlock rifle and accoutrements as well as other prizes, which will be awarded at the fort’s annual Harvest Fest in October.
There is no admission for the Eastern Woodland Frontier Gathering, but donations are appreciated as they help to fund events as well as the maintenance of Fort Randolph.
For more information, Call Hesson at 304-675-7933, the tourism center at 304-675-6788 or e-mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next Fort Randolph event will be Liberty!, which is slated for July 4.