On March 20, 2014, in observance of Women’s History Month, Dianne Anestis will present “A Woman’s Touch: 18th-Century Eastern Woodland Indian Women as Architects of Social Conscience and Gender Balance” at the Thursday evening lecture in the Archives and History Library in the Culture Center in Charleston. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Anestis will explore the diverse, but equally-important, roles of women and men for cultural integrity. Her discussion will look at the significant and dynamic roles of 18th-century Native women in clan-ship, governance, and property ownership, as well as the unique position among the Cherokee Indians of the "War Woman".
Dianne Anestis is a biomedical science research assistant at Marshall University School of Medicine’s Pharmacology and Toxicology departments. She combines her vocation and her avocation as an 18th-century American Indian living historian by focusing on historical uses of medicinal, edible, and utilitarian plants. This research has given insight into the cultural sharing that existed at the time of indigenous peoples’ contact with Europeans, as well as some of the changes that were brought about by that contact. For more than 25 years, she and her husband Doug Wood, also an Eastern Woodland Indian living historian, have presented history and nature education programs that emphasize primitive life-ways, living history, and cultural sharing.
For planning purposes, participants are encouraged to register for the lecture, but advance registration is not required to attend. To register in advance, contact Robert Taylor, library manager, by e-mail or at (304) 558-0230, ext. 163. Participants interested in registering by e-mail should send their name, telephone number and the name and date of the session. For additional information, contact the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.
West Virginia Archives and History Workshops/Lectures