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Walking Tour Will Explore “Evanston’s Potawatomi Past”

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian will present a guided walk through “Evanston’s Potawatomi Past,” led by John Low, the nonprofit museum’s executive director and member of the Pokagon

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian will present a guided walk through “Evanston’s Potawatomi Past,” led by John Low, the nonprofit museum’s executive director and member of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, and museum volunteer Maureen Perkins on Saturday, September 20, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Participants will meet at the southwest corner of Orrington Avenue and Lincoln Street in Evanston, where the walking tour begins and ends.

The tour costs $5 for adults and $2.50 for children, students, and seniors, with a maximum charge of $10 per family group. Reservations are suggested. Call the museum at (847) 475-1030.

Highlights include the location of one of the last Potawatomi Indian sites in Illinois, which existed until 1834 near present-day Evanston Hospital.  Guides will point out trees, plants, and grasses the tribe used for bows and arrows, baskets, and medicine.  At Lighthouse Park, participants will learn how the Potawatomi used chert, a flint-like material from lakefront limestone, to make knives and arrowheads

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