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Old Fort Niagara to Host Native American Skills Workshops
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In honor of Native American Heritage Month this November, Old Fort Niagara will host a series of Native American skills workshops.

On Saturday, November 6 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm Rosie Hill will conduct a beadwork workshop at the Fort Niagara Officers Club. Cost is $30.00 per person and all materials are provided. Space is limited and advance reservations are required by calling 716-745-7611, ext. 230.

The following weekend the Fort offers four additional Native American skills workshops. Saturday morning, November 13 from 9:00 until Noon, Nathan Kobuck of Bellwood, PA will present a Traditional Finger Weaving workshop. Cost for this session is $45.00 (materials provided). In the afternoon, from 1:00 to 4:00, Michael Galban of Victor, NY will present a Quillwork workshop. Cost is $45.00 per person and materials are provided. Those taking both workshops can arrange a box lunch at the Fort for $8.00. On Sunday, November 14 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, Ward Oles of Albuquerque, NM will present a trade silver workshop. Cost is $50.00 and materials and lunch are included.  Sunday afternoon's session (2:00-5:00 pm) is Archery with Eric Schnetzel from Burlington Flat, NY. Cost for the archery workshop is $30.00, materials included. Total cost for all five workshops is $175.00. Class size is limited and advance reservations and payment is required. To reserve a spot contact the Fort at (716) 745-7611 ext. 230.

The Fort will also host Native American Heritage Day on November 27 at the Fort Niagara Officer’s Club to celebrate Native American history. Learn how Native Americans played an important role in the history of the Fort. A potluck dinner at 5:30pm where attendees have the opportunity to share a dish from their heritage will be followed by a social with Native style dancing at 6:30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, contact 716-745-7611, ext. 226.

What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S. has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose.  In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 "National American Indian Heritage Month." Similar proclamations, under variants on the name (including "Native American Heritage Month" and "National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month") have been issued each year since 1994.


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