Jamie Jacobs, an authority and archivist of Iroquois Indian history who has worked to reclaim burial grounds through the Native American Graves and Repatriation Act, will preside over West Virginia Universitys Peace Tree rededication ceremony Tuesday (Oct. 14).
The event will be from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the site of the tree between Elizabeth Moore and Martin halls on the Downtown Campus. It will feature native drumming, talks and other testimonials to the culture.
WVU s Native American Studies Program is hosting the ceremony, which is part of the Universitys annual Diversity Week observances.
Jacobs is a collections assistant with New Yorks Rochester Museum and Science Center. Hes an expert in Iroquois history, culture and ceremony. He speaks Seneca and other Iroquoian languages and is a member of the Tonawanda Seneca, Turtle Clan.
Part of his work at burial sites is to identity and rescue artifacts and relics contaminated by pesticides and other compounds.
Hell discuss other ways to acknowledge the culture in his talk,Honoring the Sacred Past, Planning for Seven Generations,which will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday in G-21 Ming Hsieh Hall on the Downtown Campus.
WVU s Peace Tree was planted Sept. 12, 1992, to commemorate the Universitys commitment to the rediscovery of Americas Indian heritage. In 1996, vandals cut down the tree, but a second treeplanted Oct. 19, 1996stands today on campus as a visible symbol to the power of peace.