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Indigenous Iowans Day
An exploration of some of the indigenous history and culture that helped shape our state. All activities included with General Admission.
Schedule of activities:
- Fire starting demonstration, 9:30 a.m., 1700 Ioway Farm
- Dedication of Land Acknowledgment sign, Steven Blackbird, Umonhon, 10 a.m., 1700 Ioway Farm
- Make a keychain, Steven Blackbird, Umonhon (while supplies last; recommended for ages 5+), 10:30 a.m.–
2 p.m., Visitor Center
- Make a dream catcher, Irma Wilson-White, Elder of the Winnebago Tribe (limited to 20 participants; first come, first served), 2 p.m., Visitor Center
- Flint knapping, all day, 1700 Ioway Farm
- Grinding corn, all day, 1700 Ioway Farm
- Traditional games, all day, 1700 Ioway Farm
- Foodways demonstrations, morning, 1700 Ioway Farm
- Finger weaving demonstrations, afternoon, 1700 Ioway Farm
Note as you plan your day: You must ride the tractor cart to reach the 1700 Ioway Farm. Carts depart roughly every 20 minutes, and the ride to the 1700 site takes about 20 minutes.
PRESENTATIONS FROM INDIGENOUS IOWANS DAY 2021
- The Ioway in Iowa History & Today Lance Foster, vice chair and tribal historic preservation officer of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska and author of “The Indians of Iowa”
- First Nations: Those Who Have Come Before Us Cherie Haury-Artz of the Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist
- Indigenous Foodways of the Midwest: The Impacts of Contact and the Importance of Revitalization Dr. Christina Gish Hill, associate professor of American Indian studies at Iowa State University
Lois Strickler Memorial Endowment