Peggy Fontenot (Potawatomi/Patawomeck/Cherokee), Portrait of a Native American: Robert Banks, Cherokee Freedman

Genealogy Day


The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art will hold a Genealogy Day on May 21. The schedule of events includes An Introduction to DNA and Genealogy with Roberta J. Estes, a scientist, genealogist and founder of DNAeXplain.

At noon, Southern Cheyenne Charmayne Champion-Shaw, faculty at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, will discuss Tracing Native American Ancestry

The 2 p.m. lecture will cover Blended Families: Tracing African-Native American Genealogy with Angela Walton-Raji, an author, genealogist and scholar.

The final talk will be with Estes at 3:30 p.m. and will focus on Finding Your Native or African Heritage Using DNA.

Other activities planned include a community drumming circle at 12:30 and family arts and crafts from 1 to 5 p.m.

This event coincides with the museum’s exhibit Red/Black: Related Through History, which will be on display through August 7, 2011. Younger audiences can join the talking circle on the exhibit from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art is located at 500 W. Washington St., in Indianapolis, Indiana. For more information call 317-636-WEST.

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