NATIVE AMERICANS AND NATURE ~ BLACK HAWK HISTORICAL SITE
Date: Thursday, October 19
Native American History is an important part of the Quad Cities and nowhere is that more evident than at Black Hawk State Historical Site. Join us as we hike the same trails as our ancestors.
This area was first occupied by Indians almost 12,000 years ago, and was continuously inhabited through the Hopewell period to the present. Beginning about 1730, the Sauk and Mesquakie Indians made their home here, which became the capital of the Sauk nation and one of the largest Indian centers in North America.
An outstanding feature of this site is the Hauberg Indian Museum located in the lodge constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1939. This museum interprets the culture of the Sauk and Mesquakie through life-size dioramas. Displays also trace the heritage of the area through a collection of stone tools spanning from the Paleoindian period (10,000 B.C.) to the American era. An interpreter from the park will tell about Native American Life in the Village Saukenak on which the park is built.
Led by naturalists, this hiking tour will show the importance of our Native American past, as well as how to enhance trails with prairie restoration and forest management and how to control invasive species.
The trails are paved with fairly flat terrain.
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