NCGLNAC 8th TRADITIONAL ARTS AND CRAFTS WORKSHOPS
October 2 and 3, 2004
Women’s Building, Jay County Fairgrounds, Portland, IN
The National Center for Great Lakes Native American Culture, Inc. will host its 8 th traditional arts and crafts workshop at
the Women’s Building at the Jay County Fairgrounds, Portland, Indiana. The workshops explore the arts, crafts, traditions,
culture and history of Great Lakes Native Americans through hands-on workshop classes and presentations by Native
American tradition bearers, talented artisans and experts on Native American culture. The Jay County Fairgrounds are on
Morton and Votaw Streets in Portland (From US 27 go East on Votaw Street to Morton). The Women’s Building is close
to the middle of the Fairgrounds on the Morton Street side.
Registration is 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday, October 2. Welcome Circle will be 9 a.m. Saturday. Regular class hours are 9:30
a.m. to 12 noon and 2 to 5 on Saturday October 2 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday October 3. The Closing Circle will be at 1
p.m. Sunday. The culture class will meet 9:30 to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 to 1 Sunday. The difference in
times is to allow as many as possible to participate in the beginning of the archaeological survey at 1 p.m. Saturday
afternoon. Deadline for receiving registrations is September 21. Send in registrations early as class sizes are limited and
classes with fewer than 5 registered will be cancelled on September 21. Please list your second choice class. After
September 21, contact Kay Neumayr, Workshop Chair, at 765-572-2574 to find out about class availability. If a class is
cancelled you will be notified, so please list your phone number and email address. Classes are limited to age 12 and
over. Class fee is $50 per person for NCGLNAC members and $55 for non-members. A materials fee is listed with
each class description and must be paid directly to the tradition bearer before class begins. Pre-registration is required.
There are a limited number of $50 scholarships available to Native Americans. Request a scholarship application from Kay
Neumayr at email@example.com or 765-572-2574. Deadline is September 21. If you are granted a scholarship
you will be refunded $50.
A catered meal will be offered Saturday evening at 6 p.m. at $8 per person. For lunch, Portland has many excellent
choices. Meals must be reserved in advance with the registration.
Motels: Hoosier Inn in Portland (260-726-7113) has reserved rooms at $45 for a single and $55 for a double per night
plus tax. Super 8 in Portland (260-726-8888) has reserved rooms for $59.50 for a single and $59.50 for a double per night
and $5 per additional person plus tax. Both motels offer a free continental breakfast. To receive this special rate,
mention that you are attending the Great Lakes Native American Workshops. Deadline for reservations is
September 21. After that date the motels’ regular rate will apply. Camping at the Jay County Fairgrounds may be
arranged by contacting Tom Zimmerman at 260-726-8176.
A highlight of the workshops is the beginning of the archaeological survey of the site Saturday afternoon and the
opportunity of the culture class to participate. Others may also choose to participate in at least some of the survey which
will be conducted by the staff of Professor Donald Cochran of Ball State University. He will present an overview of the
survey at the program Saturday evening, after the catered meal.
Traditional Corn Husk Dolls – Catherine Nagy Mowry, Miami of Indiana from Fort Wayne. Cathy has been making
Miami corn husk dolls for many years. She will teach the basic techniques for making the corn husk doll body and
finishing and attaching the gourd head. Students will make 2 or 3 doll bodies. She will supply some materials for dressing
the dolls. Bring your own materials if you wish to outfit your doll in your own choice of tribal dress. Class is limited to 10.
Supply List: Scissors and materials for clothing if desired. Materials Fee: $20.
Black Ash Baskets – Christine Rapp Morseau, Pokagon Potawatomi from South Bend. Chris is at least a fifth-
generation black ash basket maker. She learned basket making from her grandmother, the late Agnes Rapp, her mother,
Margaret Rapp, and her aunt, Judy Augusta. Black ash is the premium basket weaving material for Great Lakes peoples.
Students will learn techniques for cutting, splitting and shaving the black ash and weave a basket from the material they
have prepared. Class limit is 10. Supply List: a pencil, heavy sharp knife (a big pocketknife works best), heavy scissors
and a ruler. Materials Fee: $30.
Sweet Grass Turtles – Robin McBride Scott, Cherokee descent from New Castle. Robin is a nationally recognized artist
and graphic designer. She has been making articles from fragrant sweet grass for many years, including baskets and turtles.
Her students will learn how to create the coiled turtles that can be used as a pendant or pin. Supply List: Scissors.
Materials Fee: $20.
Culture Class. Saturday 9:30 a.m. to noon – “Implications of the Fur Trade to the Great Lakes Tribes” - Dr.
Elizabeth Glenn, Professor Emerita of Anthropology, Ball State University. Dr. Glenn is nationally known for her
teaching and research on the ethno history of Great Lakes peoples. She will discuss how the Great Lakes tribes were
affected by the prolonged fur trade: the women, tribal movement, the material, social and political structures.
Saturday 1 to 5 p.m. – Archaeological survey begun on the site of NCGLNAC’s future cultural center – Dr. Donald
Cochran, Director, Archaeological Resources Management Service, Department of Anthropology, Ball State University.
Dr. Cochran has worked at most of the archaeological sites in the state, and many other places. The archaeological survey
is a necessary first step in the building of our Center.
Sunday 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – “Small Scale Excavation at Henry Aussom Cabin” – Louis Bubb, graduate student,
Department of Anthropology, Ball State University. Mr. Bubb is a graduate of the University of Maine. He has been
conducting the excavation at the site of the cabin at the Forks of the Wabash at Huntington. Henry Aussom was a trader
who married Susan Richardville in 1842. The cabin site is one of six Miami and one Delaware sites documented in
Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Brian Buchanan, Chief of the Miami Nation of Indians of the State of Indiana, will talk
about the plans and struggles of the Indiana Miami to regain their recognition as a tribe.
Supply List: Pen and paper for notes. Materials Fee: None.
Mail to Kay Neumayr, 4950 N 750 E, Attica, IN 47918
Make Checks Payable to NCGLNAC, Inc.
DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 21
Name ____________________________________________ Phone ___________________________________________
Address __________________________________________ Email ____________________________________________
City ______________________________________ State _____________ Zip __________________________________
First Choice Class* ______________________________________($50/55 class fee) $ ___________
Second Choice Class* ____________________________________($50/55 class fee) $ ___________
*Each participant must pay a materials fee to the class tradition bearer*
Saturday Evening Meal at $8 per person $ ___________
TOTAL REGISTRATION ENLOSED $ ___________
REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 21
If you need more information on the workshop classes, please contact Workshop Chair, Kay Neumayr at 765-572-2574 or