Indigenous Science Day Kick Off

March 17th kicked off this year’s Indigenous Science Day Series with Special guest Facilitators Verlyn “Buzz” Spreeman, Descendant of Alexander Robinson/Robinson Family Historian, and Dan Melone, Robinson Family Historian and Archaeologist. Participants gathered at the site of the Robinson family homestead and burial grounds within the Robinson Woods; parking alongside the pullout on East River Road before heading to the second site at Catherine Chevalier Woods. (Additional participants utilized public transportation to access the site from the 81W West Lawrence Bus). 

Buzz and Dan led participants in open discourse about the historical significance of the area and the impacts the legacy of Alexander Robinson has had on modern day Chicago. The participants were taken on a guided walking tour through Catherine Chevalier Woods to identify and visit historic sites along the Des Plaines River. 

In addition, the group was joined by Artist Santiago X and youth participants of the SHPSHFTRS: Land Art x Design Workshop. SHPSHFTRS is part of a collaborative efforts to develop multiple interactive sites along the Northwest Portage Walking Museum spearheaded by Chicago Public Arts Group, Portage Park Neighborhood Association and the American Indian Center. SHPSHFRS, designed and implemented by Santiago X, works toward revitalizing the creation of Indigenous earthworks and placemaking within urbanized areas. Throughout this 5 part workshop series participants will learn 21st Century techniques of analysis, design, and form making.

Thank you to all the participants who attended and made our first Indigenous Science Day of the year at Robinson Woods a success! And a special thanks to Buzz & Dan for volunteering to share their knowledge, time and work. 

Our next event will be on April 21st keep an eye out for more information on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/IndigenousScienceDays/