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Dakota Discovery Museum to host Lewis and Clark re-enactor

Darrel Draper will perform as “George Drouillard, Hunter, Interpreter and Indian Sign-Talker for Lewis and Clark," at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, at Dakota Discovery Museum, Mitchell. (Submitted photo)

Historical re-enactor Darrel Draper will perform as “George Drouillard, Hunter, Interpreter and Indian Sign-Talker for Lewis and Clark,” at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, at Dakota Discovery Museum, Mitchell.

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Draper will portray Drouillard, half French and half Shawnee Indian, who is considered by scholars to be one of the most valuable and remarkable members of the expedition that mapped and explored the American West. In full costume and with French accident, Drouillard will tell the story of his youth among the Shawnee Indians, his recruitment by Lewis and Clark, his contributions to the expedition and other tales.

Draper, a Nebraska historical storyteller, first wrote and re-enacted the Drouillard presentation in 2000 in preparation for the four-year Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Celebration. He has since toured all over the United States.

There is no charge for the 45-minute program, which is part of the Middle Boarder Lecture Series, MAD possible in part by a Speakers Bureau grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council.

For information, call 996-2122 or visit dakotadiscovery.com

Source: Dakota Discovery Museum

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