Portage Path Collaborative Events

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Posted on 09/25/2018
Image of First People's Day WalkThe Portage Path – Akron’s oldest landmark and a tribute to the Native people who first occupied the land here – will be celebrated in a series of events beginning Thursday, September 27, and ending Monday October 1, with Akron’s first “North American First People’s Day.”

In January 2018, Akron City Council unanimously adopted the resolution declaring the first Monday in October a day to honor Indian history, life and culture after seventh- and eighth-grade students from The Lippman School along with representatives of the Northern Cheyenne Nation in Montana and the Seneca Nation in New York State made presentations to the Council.

A new coalition of history and education organizations has planned a weekend of events and will welcome the return to Akron of the Indian artist who sculpted the monumental statues marking the termini of the historic trail. The weekend of events includes:
  • An exhibit and sale of Iroquoian Art, by Peter Jones (Onondaga/Seneca) and exhibits of North American Indian Life from the Oelschlager Collection, University of Akron Institute of Human Science & Culture, Shaw Jewish Community Center, 750 White Pond Drive, free admission
    Thursday, Sept. 27., 4-9 p.m. 
    Saturday, Sept. 29, noon-5 p.m. 
    Sunday, Sept. 30, noon-4 p.m.
  • A lecture and discussion, “The Archaeology of the Portage Path,” Dr. Brian Redmond, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Thursday, Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m., Auditorium, Shaw JCC, 750 White Pond Drive, free admission
  • Artist’s Talk, Peter Jones, free admission, Sunday, Sept. 30, noon-2 p.m, Intersection of Merriman Road and North Portage Path, trolleys will shuttle guests from parking lots at San Run Metro Park’s Big Bend area, 1337 Merriman Road, and Treaty Line, 975 Treaty Line Road to the site
  • Native American Foods Dinner, Sunday, Sept. 30, 4-6 p.m., Outdoor Pavilion, Schultz Campus for Jewish Life, $50/person, reservations in advance
  • The Annual Walk of the Portage Path, Monday, October 1, 1 p.m., North American First People Day will be recognized with the third annual walk of the Path and will involve more than 200 students from The Lippman School, Akron Public Schools, the Northern Cheyenne Nation, Emmanuel Christian Academy, and other schools who will join the walk, which is open to the public, the walk will begin at 1 p.m. at Portage Path CLC, 55 S. Portage Path, and will be led by members of the Northern Cheyenne Nation of Montana, who will be drumming and dressed in regalia, the walk crosses West Exchange Street and will end at the Perkins Stone Mansion, 550 Copley Road, there will be a short program that will include drumming and singing, there is no admission charge, and the public is welcome to attend
The activities are sponsored by The Portage Path Collaborative, an assembly of educators, organizations and individuals including Summit County Historical Society, Lippman School, Summit Metro Parks, Akron Portage and Paddle, Stewards for Historical Preservation, LaDonna Blue Eye (Choctaw), and The University of Akron Institute for Human Science and Culture.
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