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'History Speaks' series will focus on Native American clothing

Patrick Varine
| Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, 7:36 p.m.
Tom Anke of Jeanette portrays a Native American during the first day re-enactment at Bushy Run Battlefield in Penn Township on Aug. 5, 2017.
Kyle Hodges
Tom Anke of Jeanette portrays a Native American during the first day re-enactment at Bushy Run Battlefield in Penn Township on Aug. 5, 2017.

When Dana Knezevich became interested in re-enacting, she chose the persona of a Native American woman from the eastern woodlands.

As she began to learn about the people she was portraying, she couldn’t wait to find out more.

“A good friend wanted to teach me the method of weaving by the eastern Indians so that I could make a bag with hemp material for myself. This is when a passion was fueled,” Knezevich said. “When I participated in my first event to interact with the public to educate, I was hooked.”

Knezevich, author of “Life of the Eastern Woodland Indians,” will discuss the process of creating Native American clothing in the third entry of the Bushy Run Battlefield Heritage Society’s “History Speaks” series, set for Sept. 19.

Knezevich’s presentation will examine the progression of the eastern Native American clothing from the pre-contact period to the trade era in North America, featuring reproductions of items woven from natural fibers and patterned after originals discovered by explorers and archaeologists.

Additionally, Knezevich will demonstrate the labor-intensive methods used to strip fibers from indigenous plants to produce the items needed by Native Americans.

“Endless research has allowed me to show the public a dying art of the people who have walked before us,” she said.

Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Heritage society members will receive a 10 percent discount. Purchase tickets by calling 724-527-5584 or emailing secretary@bushyrunbattlefield.com .

For more on the series, or the battlefield itself, see BushyRunBattlefield.com .

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Patrick at 724-850-2862, pvarine@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.

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