Thursday night, February 28th was a first event in a series of community assistance endeavors toward the establishment of the AIC Archives. The purpose of Native Identification is to gather community members to aid in identifying subjects in old black-and-white photographs emanating from the AIC’s archival material. Ten people attended, sparking conversation and reviving memories of past AIC events and the folks who participated in various activities, from sports to graduations to powwows and fundraisers. We began the evening with a photo that was brought to our attention by Louis Delgado during last year’s storytelling event Robust Indigenes. The photo captured the first AIC Little League team known as the “Little Braves” from 1961. Louis shared most of the names of the young subjects including: Louis Lopez, Louis Delgado, Gary LaDeaux, Paul Goodiron, Darrel Hardy, Herbie Daniels, Anthony LaDeaux, Steve Fastwolf, Darrel Crow, Miguel LeBron, Leroy Menard, John Fastwolf, Edward Delgado and Billy Daniels (Assistant Coach). The evening progressed with several powwow pics from 1959 that challenged the group with subjects, events and respective event locations – all of which remain unknown. Other powwow pics presented were from AIC powwows at Navy Pier (with Harold Washington), Chicago Avenue Armory (possibly) and a powwow shot that included miniature tipis erected with bamboo poles. Other photos included two pics of early basketball teams (subjects remain unknown), and a candid shot of “Las Vegas Night” at the AIC. Vegas Night players were identified as: Sonny Black Owl, Dan Batiste, Roger Harper and Colin Wesaw. The last round of photos captured: Native American Committee graduation @ AIC (year unknown); Diane Maney and Sam Keahna at what was determined a United Way benefit fundraiser; and a photo of an AIC dance troupe circa mid-1970s. The evening proved successful, as we managed to identify some subject matter, but most important – a group of community attendees that shared time, space, food and memories. Native Identification will continue on Thursday, March 29th @ 6pm. Please join us!