April 30 talk features history of area American Indians

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Dr. Kurt Jordan of Cornell University will speak April 30 in Tyrone.

When the first white settlers moved to this region, they found crystal clear lakes, rushing streams sufficient to power mills, plenty of timber, lush fields, and an abundance of wildlife.

American Indian peoples, of course, had called the region home and made use of the same resources for thirteen thousand years. The understanding of how Indian peoples lived in our region has changed quite a bit as new archaeological discoveries have been made and new analytical techniques employed. If you know Indian history well or are new to the subject, our April program will be of interest to you.

The Dundee Area Historical Society, the Schuyler County Historical Society and the Yates County History Center are collaborating to sponsor Dr. Kurt Jordan, an associate professor of Anthropology and American Indian Studies at Cornell University, for a dinner/lecture program Native Americans in the Finger Lakes: An Archaeological Perspective (including the Lamoka people) on Wednesday April 30, at 5:30 p.m. This program will be held at the Tyrone Fire Hall, 3600 State Route 226, Tyrone.

Dr. Jordan’s research centers on the archeology of Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) peoples, emphasizing the settlement patterns, housing, and political economy of the 17th and 18th century Senecas. Empirical evidence provided by archaeology can do much to clarify what is accurate when it comes to the Indian decline and powerlessness that is found in scholarly and popular writings about Native Americans.

Dr. Jordan is currently leading excavations in domestic areas at the 1688-1715 Seneca White Springs village site, located near Geneva. Excavation, surface collection, and geophysical survey conducted in collaboration with the Seneca Nations of Indians began in 2007 and are ongoing.

Come learn more about the Indians that once called this region home while you enjoy a delicious ham dinner put on by Steve Owens of the Classic Cafe. Indian artifacts that are part of the collections of the supporting historical societies will be on display prior to the dinner. Don’t miss out on this interesting evening. Make your reservation today. Call the Dundee Area Historical Society at 607-243-7047 or email dundeehistory@live.com. Reservations must be received no later than Friday, April 25. If you are a member of the Schuyler Historical Society make your reservation by phone at 607-535-9741.

If a member of the Yates County Historical Society call them at 315-536-7318. The price for members of the Dundee Area Historical Society, the Schuyler Historical Society and the Yates County History Center is $12 each. The non-member charge is $16. Join one of the Societies at the dinner and receive the member price, not only at this dinner, but at all future events in 2014.

If you go

What: Native Americans in the Finger Lakes

When: 5:30  p.m.  April 30

Where: Tyrone Fire Hall

Tickets: $12 members, $16 non-members

Reservations:

607-243-7047 (DAHS)  315-536-7318 (Yates)

607-535-9741 (Schuyler)