Monday, August 27, 2012

Hiking the Cuyahoga Valley National Park - Akron, OH














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Through these woods and forests in the Cuyahoga Valley of Ohio traveled and lived native indians many centuries ago.  Native indians inhabited this area in the 17th century, according to University of Akron history professor, George Knepper.  The indigenous indian nations in Ohio were the Miami's, Wyandots, Delawares, Shawnees, Ottawas, Mingos and Erie.    The Iroquois claimed much of the Ohio country as hunting and beaver trapping ground.  During this time there were many devastating epidemics of illness and wars that emptied Ohio of most of her indigenous people by the mid-17th century.  Gradually, the land became repopulated by the Algonquian, Adena, Hopewell and Mississipian native indian cultures.  The photos you see here are what they would have found centuries ago.

Because of former U.S. House of Representative John Seiberling, the Cuyahoga Valley has been preserved as a National Park and so the lands the native indians roamed here in northeast Ohio have been preserved as they would have looked so many years ago. 

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