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"On the Trail to Peace"

To commemorate the peace negotiations that took place in the latter half of the 1760s after a series of wars in the first half of the 18th Century, Trails Inc. living history interpreters partnered with the National Park Service to bring an educational program to New River Gorge National River.  You can learn more details by viewing the photos and reading the newsfeed below.  We will be glad to bring such a program to other facilities in the future.  Contact us if you are interested in the peace-making aspect of 18th C American Indian culture.

 Cherokee escort in a Delaware peace camp.      Otaes explains trailside medicinal plants.

           Demo/Discuss peace skills.                Colors of peace on the pipe hawk for burial.
The following news feed was compiled by the staff of New River Gorge National River:

Glen Jean, WV -New River Gorge National River is hosting a special living history program,"On the Trail to Peace",at Sandstone Visitor Center on Saturday, September 3, 2016 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Local living history educators Ronald, Gwendolyn, and Roslyn McAllister will join Dianne Anestis and Doug Wood to engage visitors in interactive demonstrations. In the late 1760s, the middle ground between European settlements and American Indian Nations was alive with diplomats opening up trade and peace negotiations after the end of a decade of war. Join the living history interpreters of Trails Inc. as they portray a diplomatic party traveling through the New River Gorge region to negotiate peace between northern and southern native nations, formerly at war. 

Materials and protocols of diplomacy, trade, and long-distance travel will be discussed, displayed, and demonstrated in an interactive setting of a peace mission encampment. Ongoing demonstrations on wampum manufacture, belt making, and kinnikinnick making will be presented throughout the day. Special activities include a medicinal plant walk at 11:00 am and a treaty protocol demonstration at 1:00 pm. At 3:00 pm, Cherokee War Leader, Ostenaco (portrayed by Doug Wood of the WV Humanities Council History Alive! program) will council with visitors at the visitor center to discuss the peace negotiations that he was involved with at the end of the Cherokee War with the Colonies, and his trip to England to visit with King George the Third.

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