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Old Fort Niagara announces Native American workshops throughout November

by jmaloni
Sat, Oct 30th 2010 01:00 pm
In honor of Native American Heritage Month this November, Old Fort Niagara will host a series of Native American skills workshops.

On Saturday, Nov. 6, from 9:30 am to 12:30 p.m., Rosie Hill will conduct a beadwork workshop at the Fort Niagara Officers Club. Cost is $30 per person and all materials are provided. Space is limited and advance reservations are required by calling 745-7611, ext. 230.

The following weekend, the fort offers four additional Native American skills workshops. Saturday, Nov. 13, from 9 a.m. until noon, Nathan Kobuck will present a traditional finger-weaving workshop. Cost for this session is $45 (materials provided). From 1 to 4 p.m., Michael Galban will present a quillwork workshop. Cost is $45 per person and materials are provided. Those taking both workshops can order a box lunch at the fort for $8.

On Sunday, Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Ward Oles will present a trade silver workshop. Cost is $50 and materials and lunch are included.  Sunday afternoon's session (2-5 p.m.) is archery with Eric Schnetzel. Cost for the archery workshop is $30; materials included.

Total cost for all five workshops is $175. Class size is limited and advance reservations and payment is required. To reserve a spot, call 745-7611, ext. 230.

OFN will also host Native American Heritage Day to celebrate Native American history on Nov. 27 at the Fort Niagara Officers Club. Learn how Native Americans played an important role in the history of the Fort. A potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m., where attendees have the opportunity to share a dish from their heritage, will be followed by a social with native-style dancing at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, call 745-7611, ext. 226.

What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose. In 1990, President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 "National American Indian Heritage Month." Similar proclamations, under variants on the name (including "Native American Heritage Month" and "National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month") have been issued each year since 1994.

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