Jeremy TurnerMaking Maple Sugar
Jeremy is a citizen of the Shawnee Tribe, his interest and passion lies with carrying on Shawnee traditions, language, and ceremonies. Jeremy and his family are active at the White Oak Shawnee Ceremonial Grounds. He is extremely interested in Shawnee history and material culture of the 18th century. He has spent the past 22 years intensively researching historical documents, museum/private collections, and historic sites relating to Ohio Country Tribes.
Jeremy lives in Indiana with his wife, Shannon, a Navajo Tribal member, along with their daughter, Michelle, and three sons, Benjamin, Jesse, and Orontondi. They have a small hobby farm where they grow historic vegetables in their gardens, raise historic breeds of chickens, and have two Spanish mustangs. Jeremy is a Lieutenant with the Wayne Township Fire Department and Shannon is a Elementary School Teacher in Indianapolis.
Jeremy and Shannon are adamant about passing on their Tribal culture and language to their children. It is through this interest that led Jeremy to research and explore the Shawnee historic practice of making Maple Sugar. This led to their family's participation in the National Maple Syrup Festival a little over 10 years ago. During the festival, Jeremy and his family set up an 18th century Shawnee maple sugar camp and demonstrated how maple sugar was made for the festival visitors.
Over the years there has been an explosion of interest in making maple syrup not only among native communities but non-native families as well. Both the Seneca-Cayuga and Eastern Shawnee Tribes have revived this ancient and vital part of making maple syrup for ceremonial and daily use. Jeremy hopes this exhibit will inspire other Shawnee families to start making maple syrup and/or sugar for their own families.