New event celebrates historic Indian portage path by having racers carry their canoes

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Local history lovers know well Akron’s role as a portaging corridor for American Indians.The city sits atop a continental watershed divide, with water on the south side flowing toward the Ohio River, and water on the north end flowing up toward Lake Erie.This rare geographic circumstance was an obstacle to Indians paddling their way through the state, forcing them to carry (or “portage”) their vessels 8 miles between the southbound Tuscarawas River and the northbound Cuyahoga in order to continue their journey.But it took an outsider to say: “Come on, guys! This is cool. Why aren’t you re-enacting this?”After a couple of years of doing everything from researching history to pulling permits to coordinating with boundary-crossing agencies,...

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