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September 21, 2013

Hands-on history

Students learn about French and Indian War and life on the frontier during Koh-Koh-Mah


He teaches people about the guns used during the 1700s and about the relationship the French forged with the Indians.

“The French and Indians got along pretty well,” he said. “The English wanted land. We wanted to use them as trappers.”

The French also provided them with cloth to make clothing and accessories like neck sheaths and pouches.

Segel donned both accessories Friday.

He pointed to the intricate designs on his neck sheath. The bright orange decorative pieces were made from porcupine quills that had been flattened and dyed.

Segel then showed off his pouch that was made from European materials with Indian designs and workmanship.

Those items can teach a very important lesson, Segel said.

“It shows the gentle combination of cultures on the frontier,” he said.

Lindsey Ziliak, Tribune education reporter, can be reached at 765-454-8585 or at lindsey.ziliak@kokomotribune.com.

If you go: What: Koh-Koh-Mah & Foster Living History Encampment Where: 9912 W. 100 S., Russiaville, 46979 When: Today and Sunday. Cost: $6 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens, free for kids 5 and under. More info: www.kohkohmah.com Today 9 a.m.: Gates Open 9:30 a.m.: Opening Ceremony (Parade Field) 10: Meet Chief KohKohMah & David Foster (Log Cabin Porch) 10: Music - Traveler's Dream (Amphitheatre) 11: French and Indian Battle (Amphitheatre) Noon: Blacksmith Story (Blacksmith Shop) 12:30 p.m.: 42nd Royal Highlander Band march and play end at (Parade Field) 12:30: Theatiki Fife & Drum Corps march and play end at (Parade Field) 1: Tomahawk-Throwing (Public Welcome) (Amphitheatre) 2: Meet Chief KohKohMah & David Foster (Log Cabin Porch) 2: Horse Demonstration (Parade Field) 2: 42nd Royal Highlander Band (Amphitheatre) 2:30: Theatiki Fife & Drum Corps (Amphitheatre) 3: French and Indian Battle (Amphitheatre) 4: Music - Traveler's Dream (Amphitheatre) Children's Parade (Start at Log Cabin) (End at Parade Field) Candy Cannon - after Children's Parade (Parade Field) 4:30: Artillery Demonstration (Parade Field) 5: Closing Ceremony (Parade Field) Sunday 9 a.m.: Gates Open Time Period Church Service (Amphitheatre) 10: Meet Chief KohKohMah & David Foster (Log cabin Porch) 10: Music - Traveler's Dream (Amphitheatre) 10:30: Opening Ceremony (Parade Field) 11: Tomahawk Throwing (Public Welcome) (Amphitheatre) 11: 42nd Highlanders Band march and play throughout the grounds 11: Theatiki Fife & Drum Corps march and play throughout the grounds 11: Candy Cannon - for children (Parade Field) 11: Music - Rusty Musket Band (Amphitheatre) Noon: Music - Traveler's Dream (Amphitheatre) 1 p.m.: French and Indian Battle (Amphitheatre) 2: Meet Chief KohKohMah & David Foster (Log Cabin Porch) 2: Horse Demonstration (Parade Field) 2: Theatiki Fife & Drum Corps (Amphitheatre) 2:30: 42nd Royal Highlander Band (Amphitheatre) 3: Music - Rusty Musket Band (Parade Field) 3:50: Closing Ceremony (Parade Field)

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