Sunday, July 6, 2008

July 21st - - SRAC and Andaste Chapter of PA Present: The Ancient Native Americans of the Wyoming Valley

July 21st is the next Andaste Chapter/SRAC joint presentation at 345 Broad Street Waverly, NY on July 21st from 6:30 - 8PM. As usual, collectors are invited to bring artifacts to share and discuss before and after the presentation. Admission is free to the public.

This presentation by John Orlandini, past president of the Luzerne County Historical Society, is directly related to his 1996 book, “The Ancient Native Americans of the Wyoming Valley: 10,000 year of prehistory.” The five years it took to accumulate the information for the book left him with an over-all knowledge of the early Native Americans who lived, hunted, and traded in the Wyoming Valley.

An unbelievable number of Native Americans lived there in prehistoric times during the Woodland Period according to archaeological evidence found throughout the Valley. When the Europeans arrived and started moving west from the East Coast, many of the early woodland dwellers were forced from their homelands. The Iroquois granted their brethran; the Nanticokes, Shawnee, and Delaware permission to settle in the Wyoming Valley with the agreement that they would protect the Valley in the name of the Iroquois.

Contact trade goods have been found at these sites during topsoil removal. Similarities and differences of the early and later cultures will be discussed.

John’s newly released book is entitled, “Indians, Settlers, and Forgotten Places in the Endless Mountains.” It covers Bradford, Sullivan, Wyoming, and Susquehanna Counties, with discussions on the Wyalusing Path, stone tools used in everyday activities, flintknapping, Indian graves and petroglyphs, medals presented to the Indians by the English, In search of the Goose, the French Azilum, Friedenshutten, and twenty other interesting topics relating to the Endless Mountains.

The book will be available at our meeting for $17.95 and signed by the author.

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