Survival techniques of Indians to be taught WMC student to demonstrate CARROLL COUNTY DIVERSIONS

December 04, 1992

A demonstration of survival techniques used by American Indians of the Northeast woodland area will be presented by a Western Maryland College senior at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday in the school's Gill Gymnasium.

The demonstration will include techniques in hunting, woodcraft, working stone and hides, and other survival tactics used by indigenous peoples in the region that includes Maryland. Artifacts will be displayed, and a discussion of oral history and traditions of the region's native peoples will be offered.

It is free and open to the public.

The demonstration is part of an independent study project by WMC senior Brad W. Rogers, a physical education/sports medicine major.

Mr. Rogers is completing the project on American Indian lifeways in the Northeast woodland area for Norberto Valdez, instructor in sociology at WMC.

The student has a long-standing interest in American Indian traditions. He has been active as a counselor at the Hashawha Environmental Center of Carroll County and as an interpreter at Oregon Ridge State Park. He often gives presentations on the region's environment to area schools. For his programming and education initiatives, Mr. Rogers was named the 1991 Hashawha/Bear Branch Advisory Council Co-Volunteer of the Year.

In addition to his volunteer activities, he has been a park naturalist for the New Jersey state park system.

Information: Norberto Valdez, 857-2537.

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