FORT RECOVERY — “Life as a Shawnee on the Ohio Country Frontier!” is the topic of Native American Jeremy Turner when he speaks at the Fort Recovery State Museum, on Sunday at 3 p.m.
Turner is an enrolled member of the Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma and a descendant of the Wyandotte Nation and Seneca-Cayuga Tribes of Oklahoma. He is active in all three of his tribe’s ceremonial grounds in Oklahoma and is also interested in his tribes’ culture and “life ways” from the past. He is an avid researcher of historical documents relating to his tribes’ histories spanning the 17th-19th centuries.
Over the years, Turner has been involved in historical re-enacting at various historical sites in Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Virginia. He has also been involved in various historical films for historical sites, PBS, Colonial Williamsburg, and the History Channel. His most recent work was with Colonial Williamsburg, where he was involved in a film about the Shawnee and the American Revolution as well as partaking in a re-created 1770’s Delaware delegation to Williamsburg.
With his wife, Shannon, and four children, Turner lives in Indianapolis where he is a firefighter. He enjoys spending his spare time researching historical documents, hunting, fishing, trapping, attending his tribal ceremonies, stomp dancing, traveling, re-enacting and sharing all those activities with his wife and children so they too can carry on the tribal traditions.
This is Fort Recovery Museum’s first in the series of presentations which will explore Native American topics from their active life on the Ohio Frontier through their forced removal from Ohio in the 1800s in response to the “Indian Removal Act” during President Andrew Jackson’s presidency.
Because of patron support and Fort Recovery Foundation Funding, Sunday’s presentation is free and open to the public. Call 419-375-4384 for more information.