Southern Appalachian Studies Series
Billy Minser and Lonnie McMillan
Monday, May 22, 7 p.m. in the Sharon Lawson Room
Speakers Billy Minser and Lonnie McMillan discuss the skills and challenges of Native Americans and frontiersmen in using native wildlife for survival. Early (1030-1492 AD) European explorers of North America found the continent teeming with fish and wildlife and populated by American Indians. The Indians had subsisted on fish and wildlife as well as native plants and seeds and/or planted crops for about 30,000 years.
The newly arrived Europeans learned to do the same. They introduced Indians to the steel tools and guns that they had brought with them to the New World. Both populations exploited vast stocks of wildlife not only for personal use but for profits in European markets. By the late 1800s, over-harvesting nearly obliterated the once vast numbers of wildlife.
Open to the public, this program is sponsored by the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville. For more information about library programs or services, call the library at 982-0981 or visit the Web site at www.blounttn.org/197.