Drew Shuptar RayvisKatonah, NY (April 11, 2024):  Learn all about Algonkian culture and history in New York State with an interactive presentation at John Jay Homestead! Join historical reenactor and Algonkian tribe member Drew Shuptar Rayvis (Pekatawas MakataweU “Black Corn”) on Saturday, May 4th, from 11am to 1pm for a journey through the changing ways of life for local Native Americans during the 18th century. Drew will discuss Algonkian customs of war, adoption and captivity, alliances, and friendships and marriages between Natives, Europeans, and Africans. Best of all, he will be displaying several traditional items and artifacts for guests to examine. Feel free to bring your questions!

This family-friendly event will be held alongside the weekly Farm Market and is a great opportunity for all ages to learn more about early American history. The Homestead will be featuring Living History presenters on the first Saturday of every month through October.

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