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