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Grave Creek Mound Archaeology Complex to sponsor Native American Lecture Series Nov. 12

Grave Creek Mound Archaeology Complex in Moundsville will continue its Native American Lecture Series with an “American Indian Symposium” on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2005, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The program, sponsored in partnership with West Virginia Northern Community College, is timed to coincide with National Native American Month and is free and open to the public.

Joe Candillo, a member of the Pascua Yaqui Indian Tribe of Arizona and educational cultural resource consultant for Grave Creek Mound, will begin the program with a discussion of the prehistoric American Indians of the Ohio River Valley. Following his presentation, Joyce Dugan, former chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, will explain contemporary Cherokee issues and culture. Wrapping up the symposium, John Candillo, who serves as a board member of Wake Forest University’s Institute for American Indian and Indigenous Leadership and Education, will present a talk on the Eastern Woodland Indians of the Ohio River Valley during early historic times.

For more information about the Native American Lecture Series and the symposium, contact Joe Candillo at (304) 843-4128.

Operated by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Grave Creek Mound Archaeology Complex features one of the largest and most famous burial mounds built by the prehistoric Adena people. A massive undertaking, construction of the mound took place in successive stages from about 250-150 B.C., and required the movement of more than 60,000 tons of earth. Exhibits and displays in the complex’s museum interpret what is known about the lives of these prehistoric people and the construction of the mound. The Museum is located at 801 Jefferson Ave., in Moundsville. Operating hours are Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 - 5 p.m.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. Visit the Division’s website at www.wvculture.org for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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Ginny Painter
Director of Public Information
West Virginia Division of Culture and History
The Cultural Center
1900 Kanawha Blvd., East
Charleston, WV 25305
Phone (304) 558-0220, ext. 120
Fax (304) 558-2779
Email ginny.painter@wvculture.org