ROCHESTER — George Godfrey, Citizen Potawatomi and president of the Potawatomi Trail of Death Association, will present a free program, “Uncovering My Potawatomi Ancestry,” at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Fulton County Museum, Rochester.
The public is invited to a carry-in lunch at noon preceding Godfrey’s talk. Meat and drinks will be provided, but attendees are asked to bring covered dishes and table service.
Godfrey has emceed the Trail of Courage’s Indian dances since 1988. He is a Ph.D. entomologist and is called Red Shirt or Red Sun because of his red dance shirt, which he copied from a George Winter painting.
From 1993 to 2001, Godfrey taught and became the vice president at Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, Kansas. He later worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture assisting tribal colleges with their teaching and research programs. He and his wife, Pat, retired to Athens, Illinois, in 2005.
Godfrey is a storyteller of history and has written three books about his Potawatomi ancestors. The books follow his Potawatomi great-grandmother, Josette Watchekee, and her family as they lived during the era of Indian removals.