Thursday, April 26, 2012
2012 ILLINOIS HISTORY SYMPOSIUM (CONTESTED LANDS: 1763-1840) GETS UNDER WAY AT EMBASSY SUITES IN E.PEORIA
Story and Photos by Tazewell County Museum's Website Director Ed Emmons
It was a crisp, cool and sunny morning along the Illinois river in E. Peoria, just right for a blessing ceremony, as the 2012 Illinois History Symposium "Contested Lands" 1763-1840 was kicked off at the Embassy Suites. Randy Eggers did the blessing of the grounds, river, and people. He was helped out by Kim Davis, and Danny Lybarger, who is Pastor of the Native American fellowship Day Spring Church in E. Peoria.
As part of the blessing there is a pipe ceremony, in which a pipe is passed from one person to another. Randy said that the smoke is never inhaled, but instead sucked into the mouth. If one wished instead of the smoke, one can touch the pipe to your left shoulder, then right shoulder, and forehead.
Photos cannot be taken once the pipe is out.
The last song Randy performed this morning means, Storm coming of Biblical proportion.
The first session of the conference started at 8:45 on Native-American Issues and Perspectives. The first speaker was Adam Danner who is an Author and President of 4 Directions Healing Foundation. Adams topic was Honoring in a good way: Introduction to Native People and Culture.
The next speaker was Dave Weiman, who is executive Director, Cultural Change Coalition of Peoria. His topic was Restoring Native American Rights: Understanding the Doctrine of Discovery and its influence Today.
There were sessions scheduled all day today at the symposium on different topics. This year marks the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812, "Contested lands", 1763-1840
The 2012 Illinois History Symposium is sponsored by the Illinois State Historical Society. www.historyillinois.org