Sponsored by the History Center, Miami Indian Heritage Days programs take place on the first Saturday of the month from 1 to 4 p.m., May through November, and feature local artists, performers, and representatives from the Miami Indians and other Native American groups demonstrating aspects of their lasting heritage for the public to enjoy.
Admission for each Saturday event is $7 adults and $5 students and seniors. History Center members and children ages 2 and under are free. Admission also includes a tour of the Chief Richardville House, 5705 Bluffton Road, Fort Wayne. The home is now a National Historic Landmark, only one of three in this region.
M.I.A.M.I. (Miami Indiana Alliance of Miami Indians) will present programs on October 6 about traditional wikiami building and cattail matting. Persons visiting the Chief Richardville House can also view a Miami long house that is currently under construction.
November 3-4 is Traders Days. Vendors, craftsmen and artists sell quality Native American items including fine art, gourd work, beading, carved wood pieces, corn husk dolls, Christmas ornaments, Native American shields, jewelry, clothing, feather work, homemade baked goods and more. Traders Days events are free to the public and are open Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.
Miami Chief Jean Baptiste de Richardville built a trading empire in this area that made him the richest man in Indiana by the time of his death in 1841. His home, built in 1827, is one of the premier attractions in the Historical Society’s collection since its naming as a National Historic Landmark in 2012. Today his house is recognized as the oldest Native American dwelling in the Midwest and the first Greek Revival style house in northeast Indiana. For more information, contact the History Center at (260) 426-2882 or visit the website at www.fwhistorycenter.com.