Feast of the Hunters' Moon


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Hunters' Moon, Feast of the

Second weekend in October
October was traditionally the time when the voyageurs, or traders, came to Fort Ouiatenon (in what is now Lafayette, Indiana) to trade their goods, gossip with the local French settlers, and generally relax and enjoy themselves before setting out on their next journey. Ouiatenon was home not only to the Ouiatenon Indian tribe but also to a number of French families from Canada. The Feast of the Hunter's Moon attempts to reenact as accurately as possible the events that took place there during the mid-18th century.
The two-day festival, which was first held in 1968, begins with the arrival of the voyageurs by canoe on the Wabash River. Events include Indian chants, French folk songs, demonstrations of traditional crafts, and the cooking of typical French and Indian foods over an open fire.
CONTACTS:
Tippecanoe County Historical Association
1001 South St.
Lafayette, IN 47901
765-476-8411; fax: 765-476-8414
www.tcha.mus.in.us
SOURCES:
GdUSFest-1985, p. 53
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