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EXPLORING HISTORY and AMERICAN FRONTIER CULTURES OF THE 18TH CENTURY
Special Presentations

Special Presentations

 

Demonstrations, Powerpoint & slide presentions are designed to inform and entertain while highlighting our natural and cultural heritage. Indoor and outdoor formats are available, with some programs having a hands-on portion. Fees vary, and are negotiable. Please email CHINGWE1755@gmail.com

Audio-visual:

  

1. “…all their Talk is of fighting in the Indian way.”: THE FRENCH & INDIAN WAR IN WESTERN VIRGINIA. Discover the Seven Years’ War like you’ve never heard it explained before. Learn the intrigues of frontier military alliances and backwoods diplomacy.

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2. “I have now made a path to Virginia…”: THE CHEROKEE-VIRGINIA ALLIANCE DURING THE FRENCH & INDIAN WAR. A little told chapter in the story of the F&I War is the significant contribution of the Cherokees, who carried on an offensive campaign on three fronts. The effect of these campaigns was the subsequent unopposed British takeover of the French stronghold – FortDuquesne. martinstationonfire.jpg
 3.   “…a pleasing, tho dreadful sight.”:  THE CULTURAL & NATURAL HISTORIES OF WESTERN VIRGINIA (both present-day WV & southwest VA) THROUGH THE 18TH CENTURY.  Explore the cultures, the places, and the events that made the 18th century the most diverse period in the region’s history. alleghenymtns.jpg 
 4:  THE CULTURAL & NATURAL HISTORIES OF EASTERN KENTUCKY THROUGH THE 18TH CENTURY.  So, you’ve read about Daniel Boone and you now know all there is to know about Kentucky history?  Think again.  Learn some surprising facts about Kentucky’s last frontier. Who were the Totteroy people?  Why was the Big Sandy River watershed area so famous for its bear hunting? dmwbearboots.jpg
 5.  MARY DRAPER INGLES:  CAUGHT IN THE VORTEX OF THE FRENCH & INDIAN WAR.  Mary was captured by Shawnee warriors at the outbreak of the Seven Years War.  Despite overwhelming odds, she made the 500-mile journey on foot in 43 days to be reunited with her husband, Will.  The fates of her two boys, and the valuable military information she provided add interest to the odyssey. dkacanoes.jpg
 6.  MEDICINAL, EDIBLE, AND USEFUL PLANTS OF THE 17TH & 18TH CENTURY AMERINDIANS.  Learn some of the early-documented traditional and modern uses of native North American plants via an adult-level slide presentation.  Seasonally, some hands-on examples are available.    
 7.  KEEP THE PEEL:  THE USES OF PLANT BARKS AND ANIMAL SKINS BY 18TH CENTURY AMERINDIANS.  A survey of the great variety of utilitarian functions of these outer coverings of plants and animals served historic cultures in the Ohio Valley region.  Gain insight into the genius of native cultures whose peoples made their lives easier with products from the Creator’s handiwork.  
 8.   THE PLACES WHERE WE LIVED:   18TH CENTURY LIVING HISTORY DISPLAYS.  Living historians recreate scenes from hunting/gathering camps, trading posts, war camps, gardens, etc. where 18th century AmerIndian and Euro-American peoples fed, clothed, and protected themselves.  These interactive displays are molded to your educational needs.  
 9.  INTIO THE WILDERNESS:  AN 18TH CENTURY-STYLE CANOE TREK INTO ONTARIO’S ALGONQUIN PROVINCIAL PARK.  To put flesh on the bones of history and to gain insight into the lives of peoples and cultures long gone, six historical re-enactors became immersed in a wilderness environment as they sought to experience history as near firsthand as possible.  
 10.  THE REAL FLORIDA:  A PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPLORATION of one family’s discoveries of the natural wonders of Florida’s state parks, nature preserves, and natural forests encourages south-bounders to try an alternative southern vacation.  Learn to appreciate the natural heritage of the Sunshine State the next time you visit.  
11.  KULTURAL KINNIKINNICK:  AMERICAN INDIAN HERITAGE REFLECTED IN SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN CULTURE.  Kinnikinnick (various spellings) is a word originating from the Algonquian language family that translates roughly into the English as ‘mixture’.  The Delaware Indian word was recorded by the Reverend David Zeisberger, an 18th century Moravian missionary, as Glickenikan.  This word and its variants were used by Algonquian speakers to describe a mixture of dried plants used for smoking, a distinctive cultural practice among all Eastern Woodland Indians.  Some smoking mixtures calmed the nerves.  Some were reserved for ceremony and ritual.  Some simply tasted good.  This concept of the mixing of various parts to form a more pleasant and effective whole is what we borrow from this distinctly American Indian word.  The word is aptly suited to this program designed to trace the contributions of traditions and cultural traits from their American Indian, European, & African roots that have been blended into the culture we now experience as Southern Appalachian Culture. 

This special program presents evidence of the blending of cultures and traditions, and the mixing of racial and ethnic groups via adoption of captives, marriage, and child bearing.  Foods, hunting traditions, gardening, wild crafting, military traditions, language, travel corridors, and other landmarks provide clues to our heritage.  These subjects emphasize the long-lasting aspects of our heritage. Through a variety of lectures, stories, demonstrations, displays, and drama, you will learn to appreciate the Eastern Woodland Indian inheritance retained in current Appalachian culture.
 
 
 12.  IT’S ONLY NATURAL:  EARLY NATURALISTS DEPICTED NATIVE PLANTS USED IN APPALACHIAN CULTURE TODAY.  Much of the native plant knowledge, given and preserved for us by the early 18th century naturalists, was provided by the American Indians.  Modern people still benefit from this knowledge and cultural sharing today.   
 13.  IT’S ONLY NATURAL:  EARLY NATURALISTS AND BIRDS or “IF THE BOOK AND THE BIRD DISAGREE…”  




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