First People Festival
November 22, 2014 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Rocky River Nature Center, Rocky River Reservation, North Olmsted
Who were the first people to live in Ohio? What do we know about these past cultures, and how have they changed over time? Explore the ways people lived on and with the land.
Activities all day long!
- Get your face painted with traditional designs
- See flint-knapping demonstrations
- Grind corn with a mono and matate
- Enjoy fascinating displays:
- American Indian Tool & Craft Reproductions- David Victor
- Reproduction Bows and Arrows – Mike Victor
- Primitive and Survival- Tom Laskowski, Midwest Native Skills Institute
- Arrowheads and Stone Tools- Dan and Sharon Minard, Woodland Originals
12 noon – 4 p.m.
Make your own deerskin pouch. Drop in anytime while supplies last. $5
Fort Hill Hikes
11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
Climb to the top of Fort Hill to learn a little about the lives of the people who lived in this area long ago. 1.5 miles, many stairs.
12 noon Late Prehistoric Whittlesey Indians: Who were the late prehistoric Whittlesey Indians and who was Charles Whittlesey? Interpreter Karen Lakus will acquaint us with these former inhabitants of the Cleveland area.
1 p.m. Ohio Indians: From the Paleo Period to the 1700s, Historian Bob Zahirsky will present an overview of Ohio Indians including their thoughts on education, religion, stories and music. Bob will also demonstrate the Indian Flute.
2 p.m. Stone Tool Technology: Expert flint knapper Dan Minard will discuss techniques that Indians used to turn a piece of stone into a tool, where and how to find Ohio flint, and how to make an arrowhead.
3 p.m. Fire and Native Techniques for Using a Bow-drill: Fire was a critical necessity to American Indians. Survival expert Tom Laskowski will demonstrate several native techniques to make fire, including the bow drill method.