Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Native American Heritage Month Website

Native American Heritage Month

"What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose."

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  • Library of Congress
    • 1492: An Ongoing Voyage
    • Atlantic World (The): America and the Netherlands
    • France in America
    • The First American West: The Ohio River Valley, 1750-1820
    • Indians of North America (World Digital Library)
  • National Archives
    • American Indian Records at the National Archives
    • The Dawes Rolls: Tutorial (Final Rolls of the Citizens and Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes in Indian Territory)
    • Native American Heritage Research Pages
    • Native American Treaties on Loan from the National Archives
  • National Endowment for the Humanities and NEH supported Sites
    • Humanities magazine articles
      • "Madam Sacho: How One Iroquois Woman Survived the American Revolution" by Sarah M. S. Pearsall
      • "The Ojibwe Tribes"
      • "The Lost City of Cahokia: Ancient Tribes of the Mississippi Brought to Life" by Emmett Berg
      • "Speaking Across Generations: Cherokee Work to Save Their Language" by Laura Harbold.
      • "Whose Woods These Are..." The nomadic practices of the Iroquois Indians
    • Documenting Endangered Languages Program
    • Indians of the Midwest
    • Poverty Point Preservation of a Prehistoric World Heritage Site
    • Treaties Still Matter in Minnesota
    • When World's Collide: the Untold Story of the Americas after Columbus
    • Virtual Oaxaca
  • National Gallery of Art
    • George Catlin Paintings of Native Americans
  • National Park Service
    • Chaco Canyon National Historical Park
    • Nez Pierce National Historical Park
    • Tribal Preservation Program
  • Smithsonian Institution
    • Vantage Point: The Contemporary Native Art Collection
  • Resource Guides/Collection Overviews (Library of Congress)
    • Collections Overviews- American Studies: Indians of North America
    • Guide to Law Online: Indians of North America (Law Library of Congress)
    • Society of American Archivists Pre-Conference Symposium: Ethnographic Archives, Communities of Origin, and Intangible Cultural Heritage

  • Image Collections (Library of Congress)
    • The Edward S. Curtis Collection
    • Images of Indians of North America
    • Pictorial Americana: Discovery and Exploration
    • Pictorial Americana: French and Indian War
  • National Archives
  • National Endowment for the Humanities

  • Library of Congress
    • Breaking the Bonds of People and Land: Native American Removal in the United States and Mexico
    • Ed Schupman: "Do All Indians Live in Tipis?" and Other Compelling Questions for Education
    • Tim Tingle and D.J. Battiest-Tomasi: Okahoma Choctaw Storytellers and Flute Players
  • National Archives
    • American Indian Records Repository
    • Selected films from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, in the National Archives' online catalog
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • World Digital Library

  • Library of Congress
    • Immigration: Native American
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
    • "We Shall Remain" for Native American Heritage Month
    • Native Americans in the Midwest: An NEH Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges Project
  • National Archives
    • DocsTeach: Native Americans
    • Honoring Tribal Legacies
  • National Gallery of Art
    • Ancient Art of the American Woodland Indians
    • Art of the American Indian Frontier
    • NGAkids: George Catlin's Paintings of Native Americans
  • National Park Service
    • Teaching with Historic Places
  • Smithsonian Institution
    • Resources for Educators and Students
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Monday, November 23, 2015

Northern Minimum Moonrise at the Newark Earthworks!

Newark Earthworks: A Lunar Calendar
Video Courtesy of The Ancient Ohio Trail.

You are invited to see the moon rise in alignment 
with the Newark Octagon Earthworks!

Join us on either of two evenings: 

On Friday, November 27 plan to arrive at the Octagon by 6:15 PM 
and to leave by 7:45 PM; 

On Saturday, November 28 plan to arrive at the Octagon by 7:15 PM 
and to leave by 8:45 PM.

You will be the guests of The Ohio State University's Newark Earthworks Center 

The moon follows an 18.6 year cycle.  The Newark Octagon, built two thousand years ago by American Indians, aligns with eight “standstill points” in the cycle of the moon.

Those who built the Octagon understood that every month the place on the horizon where the moon first rises moves south for roughly 14 nights and then returns again. Further, the distance it moves between the first and 14th night grows greater every month for 9.3 years and then shrinks again until it is the same distance it had been at the beginning.

Multiple exposures show the path of the moonrise above the south wall
of the Octagon State Memorial, Newark Ohio.
 Image was taken at three-minute intervals beginning
at 2:11 am early Monday, September 7, 2015.
Image Courtesy of Timothy E. Black.
These ancient America Indians identified four "standstills" points  where the rising moon seemed to stop going in one direction and began going in the other: the northernmost rising of the moon and the southern-most,  the northern minimum and the southern minimum. They also observed another four times when the setting moon did the same:  the northernmost and southernmost moonset, the northern minimum and southern minimum  moonset.

Although the moon arrives at each of these standstill points only once every 18.6 years, it is very close to each of them on several nights. November 27 and 28 are the last dates on which we are likely to see the northern minimum moonrise for the next 18.6 years.

Be one of few who have experienced this event
 in centuries!

125 North 33rd Street
Newark, OH 43055

Park in the parking lot and gather at the large sign next to the parking lot and bring a flashlight.

If the weather seems to threaten the event,
Call  740-364-9584 on either of these days for an update.

For more information, 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Mounds-America's First Cities Project

October, 31, 2015.
Suzanne Kutterer-Siburt, guest post on the Prehistoric Earthworks of the Mississippi Valley Blog, has written a brief informative post about the efforts to designate Cahokia Mounds as a National Park or Monument in addition to its status as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

"The project is in the process of being submitted to Congress and the National Parks Service for consideration to pass a bill Elevating the National Status of Cahokia Mounds and thematically-connected Mound Complexes deemed significant and in public ownership as a non-contiguous National Historical Park and/or, alternatively, calls upon President Barack Obama to exercise his authority by executive order to designate Cahokia Mounds as a National Monument. The Mounds – America’s First Cities project covers both the Greater St Louis and Illinois Metro East area. "

To read the full postclick here.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Native American Heritage Month

Image Courtesy of Michael Furman and Indian Country Today.
Image Courtesy of Michael Furman and Indian Country Today.
November, 11, 2015.
Sarah Sunshine Manning, of Indian Country Today, has written an important article about
six different ways that educators and parents can celebrate
Native American Heritage Month.

"In general, bear in mind that popular American consciousness regarding Native American people has suffered from generations of historical omissions and pervasive stereotypes. Your work as a parent and educator in planting the seeds of consciousness within the minds of children is not only valuable to their individual educational process, but moreover, the lessons you teach pertaining to Native Americans contributes to a larger understanding of the Native American experience, as well as an understanding of greater human diversity."

To read the full articleclick here.

Remember Today is The Ohio State University's 
Alternate Thanksgiving!

"Hosted by the SLMCC and the American Indian Council, Alternative Thanksgiving is an open social and political alternative event to the Thanksgiving national holiday. Native American students and allies are invited to learn about the history and traditions of Native American and Indigenous peoples prior to European contact. This year will feature a performance from Sage Bond, a singer song-writer from the Navajo Nation who performs acoustic rock and metal music.

Please RSVP at: go.osu.edu/alternative15.

5.30 PM

Columbus, OH 43210

For more information, visit: Native American Heritage Month Events, 
The Ohio State University Multicultural Center."

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What is Chronicling America?

Over 5 Million Free Pages of America's Historic Newspapers 
Published Between 1836-1922!
You can browse, utilize the full text search by word or phrase, 
or look through suggested topics.

All content is in the public domain so it is without copyright restrictions!*

"Chronicling America is a Website providing access to information about historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages, and is produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). NDNP, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC), is a long-term effort to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with descriptive information and select digitization of historic pages. Supported by NEH, this rich digital resource will be developed and permanently maintained at the Library of Congress. An NEH award program will fund the contribution of content from, eventually, all U.S. states and territories."
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Check with your citation style guide [AAA (American Anthropological Association)ChicagoMLA (Modern Language Association), etc.] to find out what information to include.

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Monday, November 16, 2015

The Indian Arts and Crafts Board: Stockbridge-Munsee Arts and Crafts Enterprise

October 23, 2015.
Anya Montiel (Tohono O'odham/Mexican), of the National Museum of the American Indian Blog, has written a informative post about the creation of the Stockbridge-Munsee Arts and Crafts Enterprise, its objects, and the history of the "Many Trails" design.

"In the 1960s, the Stockbridge–Munsee Community of Wisconsin worked with instructors at the University of Wisconsin Art Education Extension to develop an arts and crafts enterprise featuring art made by tribal members. The Indian Arts and Crafts Board purchased 17 pieces from the enterprise for its Headquarters Collection."

To read the full postclick here.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Prehistoric Earthworks of the Mississippi Valley

Prehistoric Earthworks of the Mississippi Valley
"From Iowa to Louisiana along the course of the Mississippi River are over 15 prehistoric earthworks and their associated museums. These mounds and enclosures, built of earth and stone, were important components of Native American life for the past 4000 years. The preservation of these prehistoric constructions and the cultural material and interpretive programs contained in the associated museums is truly exception. In fact, two of the earthworks, Poverty Point in northeast Louisiana and Cahokia adjacent to St. Louis, Missouri are designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This website is your guide to those monuments created by the prehistoric Native American inhabitants who lived along the misi-ziibi, or Great River, for thousands of years. "
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  • Effigy Mounds National Monument
  • Toolesboro Indian Mounds
  • Mastadon State Historic Site
  • Blackhawk State Historic Site
  • Illinois State Museum Dickson Mounds
  • Center for American Archaeology
  • Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
  • Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site
  • Hampson Archaeological Museum State Park
  • Parkin Archaeological State Park
  • Toltec Mounds Archaeological Site
  • C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa
  • Winterville Mounds
  • Jaketown Museum
  • Grand Village of The Natchez Indians
  • Poverty Point World Heritage Site
  • Marksville State Historic Site
  • Chitimacha Museum

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Living Maya Time: Sun, Corn, and the Calendar

Living Maya Time: Sun, Corn, and the Calendar-National Museum of the American Indian.

"The Maya of Mesoamerica are renowned for their precise calendars 
and their knowledge of astronomy.
Through systematic observations conducted over thousands of years, Maya skywatchers developed complex and accurate calendars that continue to mark agricultural and ceremonial cycles today. Join us in an exploration of the Maya Calendar system and its intricate cycles. Hear the voices of contemporary Maya people as they weave their past and present together, and share with us their living traditions of Maya time."

Available in English and Español.

The Maya
"Today, more than seven million Maya live in their original homelands of Mesoamerica and in countries all over the world. Two thousand years ago, the ancient Maya developed one of the most advanced civilizations in the Americas."
  • Creation Story of the Maya
  • The Maya People
  • The Maya World
  • Connecting Earth and Sky
Maya Sun
  • The Maya and the Sun
  • Sun, Corn, and the Calendar
  • Maya Math Game
  • The Calendar System
  • Maya Calendar Converter
  • Reading the Calendar Glyphs
Corn and Maya Time
  • Corn and Calendar Traditions
  • The Sun Above, The Sun Below
2012: Resetting the Count
  • The Meaning of 2012
  • Maya Opinion of 2012
For Teachers (available in PDF form)
  • Living Maya Time Lotería Game 
  • Let's Multiply- Maya Style!
  • Observing and Tracking Shadows
  • What;'s Moving?
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