Tuesday, December 6, 2016

"Together we remain unified in the face of adversity" #BuckeyeStrong

'Ohio State is a close-knit campus community with a spirit of perseverance — a place where community members learn together, talk and listen together, heal together.

"Days such as these test our spirit as Buckeyes – but together we remain unified in the face of adversity," said Ohio State President Michael V. Drake. President Drake visited those injured at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center.

Events are under investigation, and the campus community is still processing. Ohio State is committed to remaining a place where students, faculty, staff and community members are united in a sense of security.'

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

This Restaurant Is Using Food to Call Attention to Native American Strife

Conflict Kitchen. Image Courtesy of MUNCHIES.
Image Courtesy of MUNCHIES.
November 20, 2016.
Jessica Rohan, of MUNCHIES, has briefly introduced the latest version of Conflict Kitchen, a Pittsburgh Pennsylvania restaurant dedicated to serving foods from Nations which the United States is in conflict. The restaurant is currently featuring a menu dedicated to meals from nations within the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.

According to the Haudenosaunee Confederacy OSWE:Ge Grand River,

 "The nations of the confederacy recognize themselves as Haudenosaunee from their own language meaning “They made the house,” symbolizing all the nations coming together as one. From east to west the original nations of the confederacy are Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga and Seneca. 

The Tuscarora nation joined the league after leaving their traditional territory in North Carolina and Virginia to become the sixth nation. Any issues the Tuscarora members have are submitted through the Cayugas. Other nations like the Tuscaroras have been welcomed into the confederacy including the Delaware nation, the Wyendot nation and the Tutela nation...".

"The Haudenosaunee Confederacy, also known as the Iroquois Confederacy, is made up of six North American nations; many consider it the oldest participatory democracy on Earth. There are 567 sovereign American Indian nations within US borders, but to most Americans, they’re totally invisible.

....There is no reservation land in Pennsylvania or Ohio, and few Native communities in the area; general public ignorance can make life difficult for the indigenous people who live there..."

To read the full reviewclick here.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Honoring Veteran's Day

The Ohio State University Marching Band is joined by the Ohio State Alumni Band
 to honor the armed forces.

The Newark Earthworks Center would like to 
thank and honor our members of the armed forces 
for their dedicated service. 

"The service and sacrifice of Native American veterans spans nearly two and a half centuries of American History. American Indians have served in the U.S. Armed Forces in every major conflict since the Revolutionary War and in greater numbers per capita than any other ethnic group-facts unknown to many Americans.

During World War II, over 44,000 Native Americans served in the U.S. military. Hundreds of Navajo, Comanche and other Native language speakers-Code Talker-played a crucial role. More than 42,000 Native American served during the Vietnam War as well. Today, the U.S. Department of Defense estimates more than 24,000 American Indian and Alaska Native men and women are on active duty, and more that 150,000 veterans self-identity as American Indian or Alaska Native."

Thursday, November 10, 2016

YWCA Leadership Luncheon: The Power of Connection

From left to right, Dr. Christine Ballengee-Morris (Eastern Band of Cherokee Citizen), Stacy Halfmoon (Caddo Nation Citizen/Delaware and Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Descendant), and Marti Chaatsmith (Comanche Nation Citizen/Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Descendant).
Join the YWCA Columbus for their Leadership Luncheon Series hosted by YWCA Columbus and sponsored by Fifth Third Bank. Interim Director Marti Chaatsmith, Coordinator of the American Indian Studies Program Dr. Christine Ballengee-Morris, and Director of American Indian Relations
 for Ohio History Connection Stacy Halfmoon will be speaking!

11:30 AM - 1 PM

Columbus, Ohio 43215

As the Holidays approach, we become more aware of our place in our community and our connection to our fellow human beings. Join us to celebrate National Native American Heritage Month and to see how we are all connected and how to embrace our connections to strengthen each other.

  • Dr. Christine Ballengee-Morris, PhD (Eastern Band of Cherokee Citizen)
  • Stacey Halfmoon (Caddo Nation Citizen/Delaware and Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Descendant)
    • Director of American Indian Relations 
      • Ohio History Connection
  • Marti Chaatsmith (Comanche Nation Citizen/Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Descendant)
    • Interim Director
      • Newark Earthworks Center
        • The Ohio State University

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Ohio Hopewell: Ancient Crossroads of the American Midwest

Ohio Hopewell: Ancient Crossroads of the American Midwest

"This collaboration between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University and the Field Museum of Natural History combines institutional resources in the form of museum collections, archives, and digital humanities computing. Our work began in January of 2015 and has resulted in a variety of digital products available through this web portal (published in February of 2016). Through this project, we have digitized and aggregated hundreds of digital assets to make this phenomenal Hopewell archaeological collection publicly accessible. Some of these resources were produced through the considerable efforts of Essenpreis and Nash, others were created through the efforts of this project. We anticipate these documents, inventories, and photographs will facilitate research both within the museum and with outside scholars and institutes. Additionally, we hope the resources presented here will foster interest in the Hopewell Culture of the Ohio River Valley and serve as a catalyst for future work to create a larger, more comprehensive, repository."
Archival Documents

  • Field Museum Library Digital Collections
    • "includes Moorehead’s original field notes as well as hand drawn site maps.... excavated at three sites in 1891 and 1892: Fort Ancient, Oregonia, Anderson, and the Hopewell Mound Group....Approximately 941 pages have been digitized."

Catalog Report

  • Detailed information about The Field Museum's Hopewell artifact collections

Finding Aids

  • The Hopewell Project, 1984-1987, 1995
    • Dr. Patricia Essenpreis
  • The Hopewell Site Collection at the Field Museum: A Finding Guide to the Objects and Related Records
    • Groups of objects acquired by the Field Museum
  • World's Columbian Exposition to Southern Ohio, 1891, 1892
    • Archival documents housed at the Field Museum

Catalog Cards
"These cards contain original documentation and artifact identification along with notes regarding changes made throughout the museum’s history.... should serve as a historical reference only."

Excavation Albums
"contain images of Moorehead’s excavation, maps, and professional photographs of artifacts.....While we have kept the albums as true to their original form as possible, images of human remains have been redacted because of their cultural sensitivity. We have chosen to remove only the images themselves and have left the photo captions in place."

  • Hopewell 44
  • Hopewell 44a

Roughly 280 images are currently online in this gallery, although half are available in historic excavation albums.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Don't Forget About Our Resource Pages!

Besides our Calendar & OSU Classes Tabs at the top of our blog, we also have a selection of Collected Resources on our Blog's right-hand side (below Translate and Search This Site). 

In these tabs we have attempted to locate trustworthy locations 
for information and further research.

Midwestern & Mound Building Nations

This is an alphabetical list (not complete) of federally recognized tribes which were known to have resided in the land which became Ohio. We also include links for  researching 
Midwestern history and cultures.


Midwest American Indian & Earthworks Video

February 18, 2015.

This is an attempt to find credible videos for Midwest Native and earthworks history worldwide. This is by no means a comprehensive list and links may be subject to change. As time passes, information is updated and so described conclusions may no longer be valid.

  • Video Collections by Site
    • i.e. The Chickasaw Nation TV, Virtual First Ohioans
  • Reputable Youtube Channels
    • i.e. Smithsonian NMAI, Ohio History Video, C-SPAN

Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks

This page contains links to the site managers of the nine earthworks sites, relevant resources,
 articles, and past related posts.



A starting point for reputable undergraduate research, with links other than those in our sidebars. These lists are by no means complete, and are meant inform about current and past perspectives
by a diverse spectrum of view points.
  • Blogs
  • Centers, Committees, Institutes, Societies, etc.
  • Historical Sources
  • Informative Links
  • Museums & Historic Sites
  • News Sites
  • Ohio Tourism
    • Only includes counties with known earthworks sites

Newark Earthworks

 (Opens in a New Window).
  • About the Site
  • The Great Circle
  • Building the Great Circle
  • The Water-Filled Ditch
  • Eagle Mound
  • Processional Ways
  • Newark's Waterways
  • A Sacred Region
  • The "Old Fort"
  • Public Spectacles
  • A Prairie Lanscape
  • The Cherry Valley
  • The Salisbury Brothers
  • Modern Rituals
  • The Square
  • The Burial Ellipse
  • The Newark Shaman
  • The Octagon Earthworks
  • A Lunar Calendar
  • Modern Moonrise Celebrations
  • Observatory Mound and Circle
  • River Terraces
  • The Octagon Gateways
  • Geometrical Precision
  • The Great Hopewell Road
  • The Octagon's Modern History

American Indian Events

This tab includes a Google Calendar of American Indian related events within Ohio and the Midwest, available site tours, and exhibits. Sources include not only our events, but also those of the Ohio History ConnectionHopewell Culture National Historical ParkSerpent MoundFort AncientSunwatch Indian Village/Archaeological ParkFort RecoveryFlint Ridge, and many others.

Friday, October 28, 2016

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Dr. Christine Ballengee-Morris YWCA Woman of Achievement

Video Courtesy of Libby Ballengee's Youtube.

Dr. Christine Ballengee Morris of the American Indian Studies Program at Ohio State University was honored as one of the six 2016 Women of Achievement through YWCA Columbus

The Newark Earthworks Center is proud to acknowledge Dr. Ballengee Morris as a member of our Faculty Oversight Committee and American Indian Student Initiatives is proud to have Dr. Ballengee Morris serve as the director of American Indian Studies and as
a mentor to the OSU American Indian community. 

Dr. Ballengee Morris was the first Native American woman
to receive this award in Central Ohio.

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