The Vinyard Indian Settlement will observe its annual Hiso Kanawha/Reconnection Days Saturday and Sunday, September 17 & 18, 2016, at the settlement’s Pope County headquarters 1 mile north of Herod.
The festival commemorates the survival of Shawnee ancestors who in 1809-10 fled what is now Ohio/southwestern Indiana while evading colonial militia. New research from the history of southwest Indiana records that those ancestors first crossed the Wabash River, then the Ohio into Kentucky and back into Illinois at Shawneetown (where local Shawnees had a village) in 1809 rather than 1810. Part or all of these ancestors were members of Chief Sedowii’s Shawnees. Eventually, they took refuge in a region north of what is now known as Karber’s Ridge in the “Vinyard Settlement.” Part of this community was removed to Arkansas (near Blytheville), Missouri near Cape Girardeau, then to Kansas and finally Indian Territory (Oklahoma).
September 17, 2016
10:00 A.M. – citizenship in the VIS
12:00 NOON (or thereabouts): Traditional foods will be available
1:00 P.M. workshops and demonstrations of traditional techniques; “C2C”–fiber weaving, clay effigies, hide tanning, bead working, traditional fire-making
Saturday Night, traditional, community dance at the grounds led by Marsha Forrest ( Mohawk), Mark Denzer and others.
Sunday, September 18, 2016
12:00 P.M. Food served throughout the afternoon
1:00 P.M. Show of work by participants in the workshops
2:00 P.M. Special guest: Molly Bigknife Antonio
4:00 P.M. Honoring Frank Starnes
For further information, please call the VIS at 618.264.5909
We are one mile north of Herod on Route 34 on the big curve to the left. All events are free, open to the public, and are alcohol and drug free.