IN­DIAN CUL­TURE

Coven­try Mall fea­tures Na­tive Amer­i­can his­tory

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Mar­ian Den­nis mden­nis@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Mar­i­anDen­nis1 on Twit­ter

NORTH COVEN­TRY >> The tri­county area is teem­ing with rem­nants of Na­tive Amer­i­can his­tory.

That’s why the Mu­seum of In­dian Cul­ture in Al­len­town brought some of those rem­nants to show off at the Coven­try Mall.

The Mu­seum of In­dian Cul­ture is an all vol­un­teer, non­profit, ed­u­ca­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to pre­sent­ing, pre­serv­ing, and per­pet­u­at­ing the his­tory and cul­tural her­itage of the North­east­ern Wood­land In­di­ans and other Amer­i­can In­dian tribes. On Satur­day, ta­bles were set up at the Coven­try Mall near the food court dis­play­ing a va­ri­ety of Na­tive Amer­i­can ar­ti­facts in­clud­ing ar­row­heads, bows and ar­rows, pieces of pot­tery and col­or­ful beads.

“Ev­ery­body knows about the Lewis and Clark ex­pe­di­tion,” said Jack Mick­ievicz, one of the vol­un­teers with the ex­hibit. “They took a lot of beads with them to trade with the In­di­ans.”

Ges­tur­ing to­ward a case of brightly col­ored beads, Mick­ievicz ex­plained that the items were found in Flat­head Lake in Mon­tana where Lewis and Clark trav­eled. One par­tic­u­lar black and white bead was even named after the pair, and the items are pre­sumed to be some of the beads that were brought with Lewis and Clark on their

ex­pe­di­tion.

In ad­di­tion to ar­rows, beads and other ar­ti­facts, the dis­play also fea­tured Na­tive Amer­i­can flutes and a demon­stra­tion on how to make them. Near a ta­ble of ar­row­heads, Val Ko­brin, who has a back­ground in car­pen­try and wood­work, sat mak­ing a new flute to ac­com­pany sev­eral of his oth­ers that were on dis­play Satur­day.

“I make them from branches and I split them, gouge them out, put some holes in them and some­how they play,” said Ko­brin. “I just en­joy the mu­sic and I en­joy work­ing with wood. I en­joy do­ing things for my­self and it just rolled on from there.”

Korbin has been mak­ing the Na­tive Amer­i­can flutes as a hobby for about 15 years and has been part of other Na­tive Amer­i­can cul­tural events in­clud­ing the Pottstown Pow Wow.

Satur­day’s dis­play was fea­tured at the mall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Mu­seum of In­dian Cul­ture, 2825 Fish Hatch­ery Road, Al­len­town, visit www.mu­se­u­mofind­i­an­cul­ture.org.

MAR­IAN DEN­NIS — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Val Ko­brin plays one of his hand­made Na­tive Amer­i­can flutes at an ar­ti­fact ex­hibit put on by the Mu­seum of In­dian Cul­ture at the Coven­try Mall Satur­day.

An ex­hibit at the Coven­try Mall put on by the Mu­seum of In­dian Cul­ture Satur­day fea­tured a va­ri­ety of items in­clud­ing jew­elry, ar­row­heads and bows and ar­rows.

MAR­IAN DEN­NIS — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

These ar­rows were fea­tured as part of an ex­hibit by the Mu­seum of In­dian Cul­ture that was dis­played Satur­day at the Coven­try Mall.

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