NCGLNAC Newsletter – March 2003


450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, Indiana
March 28, 29, 30 2003
Co-Sponsors: National Center for Great Lakes Native American Culture and Indiana Historical Society

Guest Speaker for the Saturday Evening Program is Dr. Elizabeth Glenn, Professor of Anthropology Emerita, Ball State University. Dr. Glenn is one of the most prominent experts on the Fur Trade. She is nationally known for her teaching and research on ethnohistory of Great Lakes Nations. The title of her presentation is “Have We Got a Deal For You!” Fur Trade: Opportunity, Reciprocity or Exploitation. Dr. Glenn’s presentation will begin at 7 p.m. following the optional Saturday evening dinner in the IHS Boardroom. There is no additional charge for this program and it is open to the public.

The National Center for Great Lakes Native American Culture (NCGLNAC) and the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) will host the Spring 2003 workshops at the beautiful, new Indiana History Center which will explore the arts, crafts, and history of Great Lakes Native Americans through hands-on workshops and presentations by Native American tradition bearers, talented artisans and experts on Native American culture. The workshop begins Friday, March 28 from 6 – 8 p.m. with an informal meal and gathering. Classes begin Saturday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and continue Sunday, March 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Welcome Circle will be 9 a.m. Saturday and Closing Circle 1 p.m. Sunday. Participants may choose from a hands-on session on making a black ash basket, constructing a small knife sheath from brain-tanned leather and decorating it with porcupine quills, 1700’s traditional Seneca beadwork, traditional Miami ribbonwork, fingerweaving, or a presentation on the fur trade’s impact on Native American culture. Class sizes are limited and each class participant (minimum age 12) will pay a supply fee directly to the class tradition bearer (instructor). Saturday evening’s special event at 7 p.m. will be an historical presentation on the Fur Trade. There is no additional charge for the Saturday evening program and it is open to the public.

The workshop registration fee is $50 per person which includes the Friday evening welcome meal and tradition bearer honorariums. The catered Saturday evening meal is optional at $14 per person, including tax and gratuities. Registration and meal reservations must be received by the Indiana Historical Society by March 20. Saturday lunch may be at the IHS Starlight Terrace Café (reasonable and very good) or at any number of restaurants within 10 – 15 minutes driving time, made easier by the 1 ½ hour lunch break. A limited number of $50 scholarships are available from NCGLNAC for Native Americans. Request a scholarship application from Karen Cochrane at 765-566-2334 or or 5591 East Woodland Way, Bringhurst, IN 46918. Deadline: March 20.

Overnight accommodations for March 28 and 29 have been secured by the Indiana Historical Society at the Clarion Inn and Suites Northwest, 7001 Corporate Drive, Indianapolis, 317-298-3700, about a 10 minute drive from downtown. All rates are for 1 to 4 people per room. Standard rooms are $60 per night and mini-suites are $63 per night, both including a deluxe continental breakfast. IHS must be mentioned when making reservations and rooms will be held only until March 3. After that date, the normal rate of $87 to $95 will apply.

For more information contact the IHS Welcome Center at 317-232-1882 where online or phone registrations can be made or their website or NCGLNAC Workshop Co-chairs Karen Cochrane (765-566-2334) at or Kay Neumayr (765-572-2574) or or