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Local History Students Interact with Three American Indian Speakers in Honor of Summit County's Second Annual North American First People's Day

Oct 07, 2019

In celebration of Summit County's Second Annual North American First People's Day today, Mr. Boarman’s Local History students interacted with three American Indians on Friday: Peter Jones (Onondaga), Michael Jones (Seneca), and Lenore Wakau (Menominee). Accompanying them and leading the discussion was Mr. Dave Lieberth V65 from the Summit County Historical Society.

Our guests were introduced and spoke about their lives as American Indians. Overall, their message to our students was that they still exist. Students were also able to ask questions on a wide-range of topics that helped them to better understand their culture and beliefs.

Peter Jones (Onondaga) is the artist that was commissioned twenty years ago to create Akron's two famous Portage Path statues. He talked about his experience in creating these two iconic statues that mark the northern terminus and sourthern terminus of the area's historic Portage Path.

We would like to thank our four speakers for helping to enhance our students' depth of understanding of the culture and heritage of our native people.