White River Films and DiscussionDate:
Sunday, June 9
Center for Inquiry Indiana
350 Canal Walk Suite A
Indianapolis, United States
Center for Inquiry-Indiana
White River Films and Discussion
Sunday, June 9
Center for Inqiury Indiana
350 Canal Walk, Suite A, Indianapolis
In 1834, Waapinaakikaapwa related the Miami people’s origin story to Jacob P. Dunn: “Mihtami Myaamiaki nipinkonci saakaciweeciki. At first the Miamis came out of the water…Hoosiers, too, are the people who came out of the water. The earliest prehistoric settlements we know of were sited near rivers, including mounds near the Ohio River in Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties and along the White River in Madison County. White settlers also followed rivers, first down the Ohio, then up the Wabash and the White, and along the St. Joseph and Maumee and others.
In the 1830s, around the time the Miami origin story was recorded, we decided to build our own rivers—an ambitious canal-building craze that wound up bankrupting the state. One hundred years ago, some of the first conservationists in the nation sought to protect the shores along Lake Michigan, while fifty years ago, in Muncie, the visionary John M. Craddock embarked on an effort to restore the White River in Delaware County, now considered the state’s longest-running and most successful water clean-up project.
And today, water is the life force that underlays Indiana’s agricultural bounty, while ports along Lake Michigan and the Ohio River connect us to the wider world. We are indeed people who come out of water. There’s every reason to believe that Indiana’s future is as tied to water as our past has been. So it makes sense that we learn about our waterways and reflect on the ways we use them. That’s why Indiana Humanities has recently focused its award-winning Next Indiana Campfires program on the White River watershed and the larger question of how Hoosiers relate to water and to one another across watersheds.