George Drouillard

George Drouillard

SIOUX CITY -- Historical re-enactor Darrel Draper will present “George Drouillard: Hunter, Interpreter and Sign-Talker for Lewis and Clark” at 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Betty Strong Encounter Center. Admission will be free; a reception will follow.

In full expedition costume and using a voyageur accent, Draper will combine his knowledge of history with his acting ability to portray one of the Lewis and Clark Expedition’s most valuable members: George Drouillard.

Drouillard was an expert hunter, Indian sign-talker and wilderness woodsman. The captains called on him when they needed a nearly impossible task to be completed, says Draper. Drouillard was the son of a Shawnee Indian mother and French-Canadian father.

Draper is a storyteller, actor, retired Navy officer and University of Nebraska Omaha graduate. He specializes in costumed portrayals of historical figures who played major roles in events that shaped our nation. Regarded as an expert on the history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Draper has retraced thousands of miles of the L&C Trail by canoe and on foot.

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