Guest Speaker: Dr. Ezekiel Flannery

05/19/2024 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM CT


Join us as we kick-off National Travel & Tourism Week 2024 with a free admission day & guest speaker.

On May 19, 2024, Dr. Ezekiel Flannery will present "Traditional Food Cultures of Northwest Indiana." Dr. Flannery will share the ethnobotany (study of how people used locally available plants) of the Calumet region. Learn about native vegetation, the diet of the Potawatomi, and the early Europeans influence on the foodways of Northwest Indiana. This is a free event made possible by a grant from Indiana Humanities & the National Endowment for the Humanities, in conjunction with a free museum admission day sponsored by the South Shore Convention & Visitor's Authority to kick-off National Travel & Tourism Week. Registration is required for the presentation due to limited capacity.

Dr. Flannery holds a PhD from the University of Illinois. His expertise is in the sociology of food and nutrition, ethnobotany, and indigenous traditions, especially those related to food and medicine. He has conducted research on the history of food and indigenous cultures in Northwest Indiana and the Calumet Region over the past 20 years, which has included oral interviews with local elders and regional tribal members, archival/historical research, and Potawatomi language and culture classes. In addition, Dr. Flannery has participated in numerous tribal sponsored workshops in the Great Lakes and Eastern Woodlands. His current research is theoretical and practical and he works in the kitchen and in his garden with hundreds of native plants used for food and medicine. He has published articles and given numerous presentations and workshops at universities, colleges, nonprofits, libraries and organizations in the United States and abroad.

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