Learn about Ohio Native American history and culture at the “First People Festival” at Rocky River Reservation
The hills of Northeast Ohio hold many secrets. Long ago Native Americans built earth works along what is now known as the Fort Hill Loop Trail that is located in the Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Reservation. On Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cleveland Metroparks will be hosting the “First People Festival” at the Rocky River Nature Center.
Among the activities planned will be face painting using traditional designs, demonstrations and displays of artifacts and tools, crafts, talks and hikes. Cultural interpreter John Burke will be on hand to portray Lanapi Indian Captain Wolf.
The events scheduled for the day are as follows
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Native American Hike for Families
Take a one mile hike and learn about the first people that lived in Ohio.
Noon to 1 p.m.
Mound-builders of Ohio.
Learn about the amazing feats of the mound-building tribes of Ohio from Cultural History Interpreter Karen Lakus.
12:45 - 1:45 p.m. OR
3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
Sew Your Own Buckskin Pouch. Make and take home your own handmade buckskin pouch. Registration, beginning November 1, and $5 fee are required. For more information, visit clevelandmetroparks.com or call 440-734-6660.
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
The Ancient Art of Fire Survival
Expert Tom Laskowski talks about the critical necessity of fire and demonstrates native techniques for making fire with a bow-drill.
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Native American Tales
Nationally- acclaimed Native American storyteller Robin Pease brings the world of the Northeast woodlands alive with her words.
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Fort Hill Hike
Climb the 135 stairs of Fort Hill and learn about the people who lived in this area long ago.
Rocky River Nature Center is located at 24000 Valley Parkway in Rocky River Reservation, between Cedar Point Road and Shepard Lane in North Olmsted - off the I-480/Clague Road exit (westbound) and I-480/Columbia Road exit (eastbound).