'Speaker Series' to Explore Native Peoples of Illinois March 23 -BYLN- Submitted by Peter Evans

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'Speaker Series' to Explore Native Peoples of Illinois March 23 -BYLN- Submitted by Peter Evans


The Geneva Library Foundation's "Speaker Series" continues with "Native Peoples of Illinois" by Meg Bero from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in the library's lower meeting room, 127 James St.

Long before Europeans "discovered" the Americas, indigenous people commonly referred to as Native Americans populated what is now the United States of America. Today, less than 2 percent of the country's population identifies as Native American. Yet, despite their small numbers compared to the general population, contributions from Native American culture helped shape and define present-day Illinois.

Native Americans have lived in the Midwest, including the portion that became the state of Illinois, for at least 10,000 years. In 1673, French explorers and missionaries met Native American tribes living in what the French called "the Illinois country." The name, Illinois, comes from the French translation for Illiniwek. The French built forts along the principal river of the region, which they also called "Illinois." By 1835, less than 200 years later, all native tribes had been removed from the newly established State. …

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