A West Virginia University alumnus will return to campus Monday (Nov. 6) to portray a famous Cherokee war captain in a performance during Mountaineer Week, the Universitys annual celebration of West Virginia history and culture.
Doug Woods, a West Virginia native and 1977 graduate, will portray Mankiller Ostenaco, a Cherokee leader during the French and Indian War, 7 p.m. in the Gluck Theatre of the Mountainlair student union.
The event is sponsored by the West Virginia Humanities Council and itsHistory Alive!performance series. Co-hosts are WVU s Native American Studies program in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences and Mountaineer Week.
During the French and Indian War, Ostenaco was a leader of Cherokee warriors who assisted Virginia military leaders against northern tribes allied to the French.
His leadership provided a much-needed Indian alliance for the British colonial settlements in much of present-day West Virginia and beyond. He contributed significantly to the expansion of English-speaking peoples into what is now West Virginia.
Woods, who earned a bachelor of science degree in wildlife management from WVU , is employed by the state Department of Environmental Protection. Hes an Appalachian history enthusiast, who, with his wife, Dianne Anestis, has extensively researched the American Indian roots of modern Southern Appalachian to create scholarly lectures, demonstrations, historical reenactments and professional development workshops.
TheHistory Alive!program that brings historical characters to life through dramatic portrayals by presenters who back their acting with academic research.