North American First People's Day 2022

Picture from the 2017 Walk

Schedule of Events

Friday, September 30

11am-4pm: Exhibitions. Pencil drawings by Delaware/Six Nations artist Valerie J. Evans, Metzger Galleries. Oelschlager Oak Native American Ethnographic Collection, Oak Native American Gallery. Institute for Human Science and Culture at The University of Akron, 73 S. College St. Free. 

 

12-1pm + 3-4pm: Curator-led Tours.  Behind-the-scenes tour of the Oelschlager Oak Native American Ethnographic Collection. Institute for Human Science and Culture. Free, but limited spaces available. RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/2p8w26r3

 

4-7pm: Delaware Girl Exhibition Opening Reception. Metzger Galleries, Institute for Human Science and Culture. Free. https://tinyurl.com/bdctwrxb

 

 

Saturday, October 1

11am-4pm: Exhibitions. Pencil drawings by Delaware/Six Nations artist Valerie J. Evans, Metzger Galleries. Oelschlager Oak Native American Ethnographic Collection, Oak Native American Gallery.  Institute for Human Science and Culture at The University of Akron, 73 S. College St. Free.

 

October 1 – 2
Native American Pow Wow, Atwood Lake, Ohio
Sunday, October 2
11:30 am – Walk the Towpath trail, guided by Summit Metro Parks archaeologist, from the parking area of Big Bend area of Sand Run Metro Park, 1337 Merriman Rd. to the northern terminus of the Portage Path. Free.
12:00pm – 4:00pm NAICCO Cuisine – John Brown House, 526 Diagonal Road. Native American owned and operated food trailer. One-of-a-kind menu consisting of exquisite Native American street food.
12:00pm – Art talk at American Indian statue, Peter Jones (Onondaga/Seneca). Location: terminus at North Portage Path & Merriman Rd. Free
1:30 pm – 1 kilometer walk will begin at Portage Path CLC, 55 S. Portage Path and will be led by the Northern Cheyenne, who will be drumming and dressed in regalia. The walk will end at the John Brown House, 514 Diagonal Road. Free. www.walkportagepath.com
2:00 pm – Native American Cultural Presentation. John Brown House, 526 Diagonal Road. Free. Drumming and dancing by Northern Cheyenne. NAICCO food trailer.
Monday, October 3, North American First People’s Day
Various times – In-school activities in Akron and Summit County. A “teach-in,” with appearances by Indian nationrepresentatives. Teachers are creating aligned lesson activities.
6:30 – 8:00 pmAkron-Summit County Public Library Speaker Series, Main Library Auditorium – Sarah Eagle Heart, Oglala Lakota. Emmy award-winning storyteller. Co-CEO, Return to the Heart Foundation advocating for Indigenous women. https://services.akronlibrary.org/event/6995356
Wednesday, October 5
6 – 7 pm: History of Two Spirit and LGBTQ Identity in Native American Community Lecture – Dr. LaDonna Blue Eye (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma). Institute for Human Science and Culture at The University of Akron, 73 S. College St. Free. RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/ympay28y
Friday, October 7
5:00 pm– Exhibit Opening, “Portage Path Community Archaeology Project.” Stewards of Historic Preservation. Lecture, Dr. Kevin Kern, “White Visions of ‘Red men’: Indians in Northeast Ohio Memory.” Summit Art Space. 140 E. Market Street. Exhibition through December 17.Free. https://www.summitartspace.org  Press Release

Background on Our Walks

  • Akron City Council in 2018 declared the first Monday in October as “North American First People’s Day,” a day to honor Indian history, life and culture. It was extended to the entire county in April 2019 by Summit County Council. The initiative was prompted by students at The Lippman School of Akron, which has a longstanding exchange relationship with the Northern Cheyenne Nation of Montana.

  • Students from Lippman, Portage Path CLC and the Cheyenne Nation joined together in 2016 to create a web-based mobile app that provides extensive information about the Indian trail, including its history and the natural world that it traverses. The app can be accessed at www.walkportagepath.org.

  • The Portage Path Collaborative includes The Summit County Historical Society, The Lippman School, Summit Metro Parks, Akron Public Schools, the Akron-Summit County Public Library, and The University of Akron Institute for Human Science and Culture/ Cummings Center for the History of Psychology. Two individuals, La Donna Blue Eye, a member of the Choctaw Nation and Akron artist Chuck Ayers are also members of the group.

  • A brochure outlining the historic trail and the history of Native peoples who used the Portage Path has been published and is free and available at the Historical Society and at Metro Parks’ F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm.

  • The sculpture of a Native American portaging a canoe was designed and sculpted by Peter Jones who resides and works on the Alleghany Indian Reservation near Salamanca, New York. He graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe in 1965 and has been honored with national awards recognizing his lifetime commitment to perpetuating Haudenosaunee traditions and to restore and pass on ancestral knowledge and traditions, connecting Native peoples to their greatest assets.

  • The mission of the Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio is supported by the operation of the Food Truck and strengthens NAICCO’s community-driven initiatives – social development, economic development, and cultural restoration/preservation.

Our Walks on the Portage Path

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