American Indian Reenactment at Sandstone

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Native American living history demonstration.

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News Release Date: September 16, 2014

Contact: Jodi French-Burr, 304-574-2115

Glen Jean, West Virginia,September 16, 2014—Step back in time to the 18thcentury at a living history demonstration onSeptember 21at Sandstone Visitor Center. The interpreters of Trails Inc. will present an all-day program of interactive demonstrations and discussions, sharing their knowledge of woods lore that allowed the American Indians of the New River Gorge region to survive and thrive during their hunting expeditions. This is one of several programs about local National Park Service sites this weekend. All ranger programs are FREE unless otherwise noted. Wear comfortable walking shoes for the guided walk on a trail along the Bluestone River. Water, snacks, camera and binoculars are other useful tools to bring along. Below is a list of this weekend's featured ranger programs:

Friday, September 19, 2014:

Ranger booth at Gauley Fest

5:00 pm –8:00 pm. Gauley Fest is held at the Nicholas County Veterans Memorial Park in Summersville;$ - event has an entrance fee. Meet with rangers at a National Park Service festival booth to learn more about New River Gorge National River and Gauley River National Recreation Area. For complete Gauley Fest times and details visit www.americanwhitewater.org.

Saturday, September 20, 2014:

Bluestone Walk

10:00 am - 11:30 am. Meet at the base of Pipestem Resort State Park tramway. 2 mile walk.  Walk within Bluestone National Scenic River for a mile and return. Along the way, enjoy the flora and fauna of the area and discover regional history. Bring $2.00 for the return tram ride.

Ranger booth at Gauley Fest

2:00 pm –8:00 pm. Gauley Fest is held at the Nicholas County Veterans Memorial Park in Summersville;$ - event has an entrance fee. Meet with rangers at a National Park Service festival booth to learn more about New River Gorge National River and Gauley River National Recreation Area. For complete Gauley Fest times and details visit www.americanwhitewater.org.

Sunday, September 21, 2014:

Harvest &Hunt: New River's American Indian Heritage

10:00 am - 3:30 pm. Meet at Sandstone Visitor Center in Sandstone. Living history interpreters set up an  18thcentury warrior camp and discuss the culture of American Indians of the New River Gorge area. Topics will include men and women's social roles, regional agricultural practices, warrior/hunting skills, trail food preparation, tracking prowess, and more. Stop by any time.

For more information about area National Park Service sites visit https://www.nps.gov/neri, check out the park Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/newrivergorgenps, or stop by any New River Gorge National River visitor center.



Last updated: February 26, 2015

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