Thursday, April 6, 2017

2017 Octagon Earthworks Open Houses!

Octagon State Memorial Earthworks and its blooming Spring Beauties.  Image Courtesy of the Newark Earthworks Center's Megan Cromwell.
Octagon State Memorial Earthworks and its Spring Beauties.
 Image Courtesy of the Newark Earthworks Center's Megan Cromwell.
The Octagon Earthworks is one of the most spectacular surviving remnants of the Newark Earthworks. The Octagon is connected to a perfectly circular enclosure 1,054 feet in diameter. The architecture of the Octagon Earthworks encodes a sophisticated understanding of geometry and astronomy. It is a National Historical Landmark and is on track to become a World Heritage site!

455 Hebron Road
Heath, Ohio 43056

Portions of the Octagon Earthworks is open to the public during daylight hours 365 days a year, but much of the site is used as a private golf course for most of the year, so access is restricted.

Four times each year, however, golfing is suspended and the entire site is made available to the general public. In 2017 our dates are:
  • April 9-10,
  • July 31, and
  • October 8

Take your tour with you through:

The Ancient Ohio Trail.

We hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Still Have Room in Your Summer or Autumn Schedule?

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, Chillicothe, 2014.
Image Courtesy of Tim Black.
Try checking out our OSU Classes Tab!

We have updated our lists of current and future classes
 by semester and campus.

The College of Arts & Sciences also has a list of Featured Classes
 which still have space, here!

See below for a sampling of what is currently available 
for Summer 2017 & Autumn 2017:

Summer Session 2017

Undergraduate Research
American Indian Studies 4998
1-4 credit hours.
Undergraduate research in variable topics related to American Indian Studies. Student-initiated projects.
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 9 credit hours or 3 completions. This course is graded S/U.

Summer Field School in Archaeology- Fee ($500)
Anthropology 5684
Dr. Robert Cook & Dr. Aaron Comstock
3-15 credit hours.
Practical experience in archaeological fieldwork including site survey, excavation, surveying and mapping, preservation, and other related methods and techniques of data recovery.
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor required. Repeatable.
Contact Dr. Robert Cook,, for more information.

Reel Injuns: Identity, Arts and Representation
Art Education 5367
Dr. Christine Ballengee-Morris
May 10 - June 19
Course Number 21182
Course Number 21183
3 credit hours.
This course introduces broad range of issues, theories, and practices of visual culture within the gaze of American Indians and how reaction to or rejection shapes Indigenous identities, as well as non-native understandings of American Indians. This course explores action research practices, historical research methodologies, and critical readings.
Contact Dr. Ballengee-Morris,, for more information.

Latin American Civilizations to 1825
History 1101
Online May 10 - June 30, 2017
Course Number 21585
3 credit hours
Latin American political, social, economic, and cultural history from Pre-Columbian times to independence (1825) focusing on imperialism, religion, minorities, war, and rebellion. Sometimes this course is offered in a distance-only format. 
Prerequisites or concurrent: English 1110.xx. Not open to students with credit for 171. 
GEC: Historical study and diversity global studies course.


Intro to the Humanities: Cross-Cultural Perspective
Comparative Studies 1100
Dr. Cheryl Cash
M-Th 1- 3.30 PM
3 credit hours.
Explores the role of literature and the arts in constructing, maintaining, and questioning the values and beliefs of diverse cultures and historical periods; topics vary. 
Prerequisites: Not open to students with credit for 1100H (100H) or 100. 
GEC: Literature and Diversity Global Studies course.
Contact Dr. Cheryl Cash,, for more information.

The History of Latin America Through Film
History 2125
M-Th 1 - 3.30 PM
Dr. Alcira Dueñas
Course Number 21351
3 credit hours.
Latin American history from the pre-colonial era to the present as depicted in film, including the analysis of colonialism, revolutions, society, women, and current events. Sometimes this course is offered in a distance-only format,
Prerequisites or concur: English 1100.xx, or permission of instructor. 
GEC: Historical study and Diversity Global Studies credit.
Limit of 35 students.
Contact Dr. Dueñas,, for more information.

Autumn Session 2017

Research in American Indian Studies Honors
American Indian Studies 4998H
1-4 credit hours.
Undergraduate honors student research or creative project in variable topics related to American Indian Studies.
Prerequisites: Honors standing, and permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 9 credit hours or 3 completions. This course is graded S/U.

History of Latin American Art: Prehispanic and Early Modern
History of Art 2005
3 credit hours.
History of Mexico during precolonial, colonial, and independence periods with emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. 
Prerequisites: English 1110.xx, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 534.03. 
GEC: Historical study and Diversity Global Studies course.

Introduction to American Indigenous Languages
Linguistics 3501
3 credit hours.
An introduction to indigenous languages of the Americas and their speakers: e.g. history of settlement, language families, linguistic properties, bilingual education, language policies and attitudes.
Prerequisites: English 1110.01 (110.01), 1110.02 (110.02), or 1110.03 (110.03) or equivalent. 
Not open to students with credit for Linguistics 303 or AfAmASt 303. 
GEC: Cultures and Ideas and Diversity, Social Diversity in the United States course.

Individual Studies: Theory
Anthropology 5193.01
1-80 credit hours.
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Repeatable. This course is graded S/U.
Contact Dr. Robert Cook,, for more information.

Introduction to Native American Peoples from Mesoamerica
History 2110
Course Number 25375 
3 credit hours.
Introductory survey of the Native American peoples from Mesoamerica (contemporary Guatemala, Honduras, Southern Mexico) from pre-colonial times to the present. Sometimes this course is offered in a distance-only format.
Prerequisites or Concurrent: English 1100.xx, or permission of instructor.
GEC: Historical Study and Diversity Global Studies course.
Contact Dr. Dueñas,, for more information.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Native Sovereignty and the Dakota Access Pipeline

A protester at Standing Rock in November 2016 watches the police convene.
Image Courtesy of Origins, The Ohio State University; and Avantgardens' Facebook.
February 2017.
Check out the Origins Podcast by the History Departments of The Ohio State University and Miami University episode entitled Native Sovereignty and the Dakota Access Pipeline

Guests include:
  • Dr. David Nichols, Associate Professor of History, Indiana State University;
  • Dr. Christine Ballengee-Morris, Professor of Arts Administration, Education and Policy and Program Director of American Indian Studies, The Ohio State University; and
  • Dr. Daniel Rivers, Associate Professor of History, The Ohio State University.

To Listen, Dowload, Subscribe, or Listen through iTunes, 
click here. 
(27 minutes and 52 seconds)

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Remembering the First Native American Woman Doctor

Photo courtesy of Smithsonian National Anthropological Archives.
November 17, 2016.
"In an era when women couldn’t vote and Native Americans were denied citizenship, Susan La Flesche shattered not just one barrier, but two, to become the first Native American woman doctor in the United States."

Susan La Flesche's dedication to becoming a doctor sparked from when she was eight years old sitting at the bedside of a dying elderly woman. The doctor was summoned four times to the aid of the elderly woman, who never showed up resulting in a painful death for the lady. The message that was sent from the Doctor explained the reason for not showing, one of the lines from the message included "It was only an Indian". 

Susan went on to attend the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania, "a time when even the most privileged of white women faced severe discrimination." Upon graduating, she went on to help and serve 1,244 patients spread over a territory of 1,350 square miles on her reservation. 

To read more from Christopher Klein's article at the History Channel, 
please click here.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

OSU Bike Sharing!

The Ohio State University proudly began its bike sharing program in August 2015. This program offers university students, faculty and staff members, and campus visitors an alternative option to traveling across campus and support the "park once" philosophy. Living in a residence hall? No problem. Get access to a bicycle without having to store it on campus, and sleep soundly knowing it will be properly maintained. No need to lug your bike back and forth from home.
  • 115 bikes total (100 cruiser bikes, 15 accessible bikes).
  • 17 bike sharing stations on campus.
  • Accessible bikes include: side-by-side tandems, trikes, heavy duty bikes, cargo bikes, and hand-cycle bikes.
  • Free bicycle helmets (a $45 value) will be provided to the first 700 students, faculty and staff who register for an annual membership. Just sign up online for the helmet after purchasing a membership.
  • The student rate is $35/year. The faculty/staff rate is $55/year. Visitors can choose from the public annual rate of $75 or a 24-hour pass at $6 a day.
  • Payment options include BuckID and Credit Card.
  • Ride up to 2 hours at a time during the week; 3 hours at a time on weekends.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Archaeologists Have a Huge New Stonehenge to Figure Out

Photo courtesy by Evgenii Bogdanov.

 November 17, 2016.
In Kazakhstan, Archaeologists have found a complex of stone structures similar to the Stonehenge but bigger. " The site is the size of 200 American football fields, about 300 acres." Its existence was found by an explorer, F. Akhmadulin, who was searching the surrounding area with a metal detector when he discovered a metal saddle fragment.

Upon discovery of the saddle, Akhmadulin showed Evgenii Bogdanov, of the Russian Academy of Sciences Siberian Department's Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, his find and the within the context of the site where it was found. The Russian Academy's interest was raised when they saw the stone pillars. 

To read more, click here.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Reviving An Indigenous Language for Everyday Use

Photo Courtesy of Aubs Momberg.
December 26, 2016.
Adrian Jawort of Indian Country Today raised attention on the efforts Robert Hall (Blackfeet) from Montana who has been fighting to spread the dwindling language of the Blackfoot Nation. He tells of the difference in how many people speak his native language Pikuni between his childhood and today, where he grew up. Expanding of how native American languages have suffered since the time of Columbus. "American Indian children in both Canada and the United States were forcibly taken from families and sent to boarding schools …They were beaten for speaking the languages first heard across these lands”.

Maatoomsstatoos’s (known as Robert Hall) life changed after his professor told him of the benefits in learning and speaking his native language. His professor Stephen Greymorning (Arapaho) taught him that to know your native language is to know you ancestors through how they spoke and thought. Maatoomsstatoos volunteers to teach classes throughout the reservation on a weekly basis, hosts a local radio broadcast that highlights Pikuni learning, and is in the publishing process for a book on schedule to be published in 2017.

To read more, click here

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Friday, February 17, 2017

'Part-Time Indian' Film Will Cast Native American Actors In Main Role

Photo Courtesy of BDG Media Inc. 
December 13, 2016.
As Kristian Wilson of has reported, Sherman Alexie recently revealed his movie, based off of his book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part- Time Indian, is casting lead roles to Native American actors with the intention of making the movie "culturally authentic." The successful novel brings "diversity" to the collection of young adult books. Moreover, it sheds light onto the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to the media, as well as the infringement on SAG-AFTRA with Native Americans in Hollywood.

To read more, click here.

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