Steele Memorial Library to host Native American storyteller Wednesday
ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- A Native American storyteller will be at the Steele Memorial Library Wednesday to deliver two talks to interested area residents to discuss life in New York as a Native American and retell the story of Thanksgiving.
One of the talks delivered at the event will be 'Re-Thinking Thanksgiving' which the storyteller will correct and reaffirm certain myths about the American Thanksgiving story.
"Most people have a very bad misunderstanding of the story that is told surrounding this holiday about a group of English settlers... and a group of Native American people... who sat down and did have a harvest feast in 1621, but it's not that event... that actually led to the creation of the American holiday. It was done for completely different reasons," said Perry Ground, a member of the Onondaga Turtle Clan who will be delivering the talks.
The other talk, 'Life in a Longhouse Village' will use artifacts and stories to tell the audience how New York's Haudenosaunee peoples lived in the area hundreds of years ago.
"That's great for the whole family because there are things to see that help us understand how people lived a long time ago," Ground said. "There are stories in it and we'll have a lot of fun with that presentation."
November is also Native American Heritage Month, which is a Federally observed month that Pres. George H. W. Bush signed into law in 1990. 3rd and 4th grade schoolchildren in New York also learn about Native American history during this time.
"So many places during the month of November are looking to have programming [so] that we can learn more about Native Americans and Steele Memorial Library is no different this year," Ground told WENY News. "I'm happy to be there on Wednesday."
'Life in a Longhouse Village' will be presented at 3 p.m. and the 'Re-Thinking Thanksgiving' talk is set to take place at 6 p.m. in the Steele Memorial Library on Wednesday.
While all ages are welcome, the library recommends that those in 3rd grade or older attend.