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Miami Indian Heritage Days Begin May 4

The History Center presents Miami Indian Heritage Days, beginning Saturday, May 4 at the Chief Richardville House, 5705 Bluffton Road, Fort Wayne. Learn about the lasting heritage of the Miami and other regional Native American groups. Local artists, performers, and presenters will be featured the first Saturday of the month, May to November, from 1-4 pm. “The Medicine Woman Singers” will perform May 4, demonstrating the significance of drumming, singing and dancing in Miami society.

The Chief Richardville House, or akima pinšiwa awiiki, is recognized as the oldest Native American structure in the Midwest. Admission to Miami Indian Heritage Days includes a guided tour of this National Historic Landmark.

Admission for each Saturday event is $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. History Center members and children age 2 and under are free.

The complete schedule includes:

• Saturday, May 4 – Traditional Miami Indian Drumming, Singing and Dancing with “The Medicine Woman Singers”

• Saturday, June 1 – Fiber Arts: Cording and Twining with Greta Sirios

• Saturday, July 6 – Cookware from Local Clays: Making and Using Replica Native-Style Pottery with Erik Vosteen

• Saturday, August 3 – Miami Ribbonwork with Diane Hunter

• Saturday, September 7 – Miami Harvest: Edible and Usable Plants and Materials with Dani Tippmann

• Saturday, October 5 – Wiikiaami Cattail Matting at the Longhouse with M.I.A.M.I. (Miami Indian Alliance of Miami Indians)

• Saturday, November 2 (10a-5p) and Sunday, November 3 (12-4p) – Traders Days: Shop for traditional crafts, goods and wares, as well as enjoy hands-on demonstrations and interactive educational programs. Free to the public. Miami Indian Heritage Days