'Wiping Away the Tears' symposium to educate on Tippecanoe's native history

October 27, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University will provide a cultural experience to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Tippecanoe with a symposium called Wiping Away the Tears: The Battle of Tippecanoe in History and Memory.

The event will be in the Pfendler Hall Dean's Auditorium on Nov. 3-5. All events are free and open to the public, however, those interested are encouraged to register online by Sunday (Oct. 30).

Registration information and a schedule of events is available at http://www.purdue.edu/naecc/wipingawaythetears.html

The symposium will shed light on the circumstances leading up to the Battle of Tippecanoe, its role in the War of 1812 and what happened to Native American participants.

"The topics covered throughout the symposium will show how the Native American experience and history continue to resonate in our community," said Dawn Marsh, a Purdue assistant professor of history. "It's important that we understand how these events have shaped the history of where we live."

Marsh organized the symposium along with co-chair H. Kory Cooper, an assistant professor of anthropology.

Some lectures include discussions on the Scott-Wilkinson Raids of 1791, the events of the Battle of Tippecanoe and the development of Prophetstown.

The keynote speech will be "Wiping Away the Tears: Healing Through Place and Remembering" by Suzan Harjo, Cheyenne Muscogee, president of the Morning Star Institute and founding trustee of the National Museum of the American Indian.

The conference will kick off Wednesday (Nov. 2) with a film presentation of "Tecumseh's Vision" from the award-winning PBS series "We Shall Remain." The film is sponsored by Purdue's Native American Education and Cultural Center.

The symposium was made possible through the Office of the Vice President for Research and an Enhancing Research in the Humanities grant, the Office of the Provost, Department of History, Department of Anthropology, and the Office of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

Writer: Rebekah Piotrowicz, 765-496-3006, rpiotrow@purdue.edu

Source: Dawn Marsh, 765-494-4132, dmarsh@purdue.edu