SYRACUSE – Chautauqua-Wawasee and Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum are collaborating to offer the second annual series of three programs that explore the history of Native Americans in northeastern Indiana.  Each of the three one-hour programs will be presented over a three-day period, Sept. 3-5, at the Syracuse Community Center, offered free of charge. Each program will feature presenters with expert knowledge and provide an interactive environment for discussion.

Elm Bark Dugout Canoe Construction Presentation

Dugout canoes have been historically reported in many lakes in northeastern Indiana and the bark of a large elm tree can be used to build a serviceable canoe in less than a day. People are invited to join for a presentation and discussion of historic watercraft built from natural materials gathered right from the forests and built on the shores of these lakes and rivers for thousands of years.

This event will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3.

Prehistoric Weapons, Tools And Adornments Of Native Americans

Michelle Edington and Jim Bickel will bring back to the Wawasee area remnants of the inhabitants of this area from centuries ago. With over 100 years of combined studies of prehistory, they will discuss and exhibit a collection of over 200 Native American artifacts. The identification and function of these relics will be the topic of their presentation. A short presentation identifying raw flint that is indigenous to this area will be included. Many of the artifacts will be their personal finds from thousands of hours of fieldwork.

This will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6.

Legends, Lore And Legacies Of Northeast Indiana Natives

Trevor Tipton will discuss and display his Indian artifact collection acquired from Noble County and weave the local history of the Native Americans into this presentation. From the prehistoric cultures, including the Mound Builders, to the historical tribes of the Miami and the Pottawatomie, Tipton will share the history, folk stories and legends of these native peoples. His personal collection accumulated over the past 40 years will be on display.

This will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 7.

Flintknapping Demonstration – Jeff Mesaros

Want to know how arrow heads were made by hand?  Jeff Mesaros will show you how on Sept. 7.  This technology was used in historic times to manufacture gun flints and in prehistoric times to make spear and dart points, arrow heads, knives, scrapers, blades, gravers, perforators and many other tools.