Glenna Wallace, Chief of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma (ESTOO) and several other members of the tribe will be at the Ohio Village at the Ohio History Center next Saturday, July 28, 2012, at 3:00pm for a cultural exhibition of tribal dance including a stomp dance, social dance and a fancy dance. These dances are part of a comprehensive program to revive cultural traditions and teach the Shawnee language to tribal citizens of all ages. This event is free and open to the public. (The Ohio Village will be free to the public after 2:30pm).
ESTOO is one of three federally-recognized Shawnee tribes — the Absentee Shawnee near Shawnee, OK; the Eastern Shawnee in Ottawa County, OK near Seneca, MO; and the Shawnee Tribe headquartered in Miami, OK. Originally these three tribes were unified as the Shawnee Nation and lived in Ohio until their removal in the mid-19th century.
This cultural exhibition is in association with the Ohio Historical Society’s and Newark Earthworks Center‘s Native American outreach programs to rebuild relationships with the nine federally recognized tribes with historic connections to Ohio. These outreach programs have been in place since 2009.
These Shawnee visitors are coming to Ohio to visit ancient earthworks at Newark and Chillicothe. They will be following “The Ancient Ohio Trail,” a massive new website directing tourists to Ohio’s earthwork sites and providing interpretive material in hundreds of downloadable videos. Their visit is made possible by a grant received by Ohio State University, Newark and University of Cincinnati from the National Endowment for the Humanities‘ Interpreting America’s Historic Places program to fund the Ancient Ohio Trail project.