2010-07-08 / Local & State

Odawa, Park Service Mark Western Pa. Battle Date

FARMINGTON, Pa. (AP) – National Park Service officials were joined by about 20 members of the Odawa Indians from northern Michigan to commemorate the 256 anniversary of the battle of Fort Necessity, a western Pennsylvania encounter that launched the French and Indian War.

“It’s an honor to be here, to make a journey similar to the journey our warriors made so many years ago,’’ Frank Ettawageshik, past tribal chairman of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, said in a ceremony Saturday at the interpretive center.

The tribal members were on hand for the opening of “A Zhimaagnishak Miikaanhs: The Odawa Warriors’ Journey,’’ a yearlong exhibit telling the story of how a young Odawa man journeying to Fort Necessity became a warrior and showcases traditional Odawa culture still practiced today.

The exhibition includes artifacts on loan from the Odawa and Fort Michilimackinac State Park in Michigan as well from the fort’s own collection, including an original French musket, trade gun parts, village items, the fully dressed figure of a warrior

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