Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Still Have Room in Your Spring 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.

See below for a sampling of what is currently available 
for Spring 2019:

Spring Session 2019
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.

Research Design and Ethnographic Methods
Anthropology 4650H
3 credit hours.
Students learn to study anthropological problems through hands on experience with ethnographic methods, critical discussion of issues in ethnographic research, and design of an ethnographic study.
Prerequisites: Honors standing.

Not open to students with credit for 650H.

Managing Cultural Policy Change
Art Education 5672
3 credit hours.
Planning and executing strategic change in public arts agencies. Explores implications of shifting from a supply/demand to a value-based cultural policy paradigm.
Prerequisites: Not open to student with credit for 672.

Comparative Sacred Architecture
Religious Studies 4876
3 credit hours.
Examination of religious architecture in different cultural and historical contexts; emphasis on variety of ways in which buildings and monuments participate in religious ritual and ceremony.
Prerequisites: One course in Comparative Studies, Religious Studies, or Graduate standing; or permission of instructor.

Indigenous, Colonial, & National Literatures and Cultures of Spanish America
Spanish 4555
3 credit hours.
Introductory critical study of issues and processes in the formation of indigenous, colonial, and national expression through 19th century regional discourses. 
Prerequisites: A grade of C- or above in 3450 (450) or 3450H (450H). 
Not open to students with credit for 555. FL Admis Cond course.

Intro to the Humanities: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
Comparative Studies
Cheryl Cash
T Th 3.55-5.15 PM
Course Number 10961
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.
Limit 35 students.

Contact Professor Cheryl Cash, , for more information.

Introduction to American Indian Studies
Comparative Studies 2323
Dr. John Low
T/H 3:55-5:15 PM.
Course Number 22651
3 credit hours.
Explores the legal, cultural, historic, and political foundations, experiences, perspectives, and futures of American Indians in the U.S.
Prerequisite: English 1110 (110) or equiv. 
GEC: Cultures and Ideas and Social Diversity in the U.S. credit. 
Limit of 35 students.
Contact Dr. Low,, for more information.

History of Mexico
History 3106
M W 11.10-12.30 PM
Dr. Alcira Dueñas
Course Number 34141
3 credit hours.
Examines the art of Latin America from about 1500 BC to 1821, surveying both prehispanic civilizations as well as the era of Spanish and Portuguese rule from first encounters in 1492 to the wars of independence in the early nineteenth century. A wide range of objects and images will be discussed, from painting, sculpture, and architecture to ceramics, featherwork, and textiles.
Prerequisites or concurrent: English 1110.xx, or permission of the instructor. Not open to students with credit for 534.03.
GEC: Historical study and diversity global studies course.
Contact Dr. Dueñas,, for more information.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Free Public Reception for The Art of Ngatu: Tradition, Innovation and Community in Polynesia

The Art of Ngatu | Robin White & Ruga Fifita: Tradition, Innovation and Community in Polynesia. Image Courtesy of The Ohio State University at Newark.
November 20, 2017 - May 1, 2018.

November 20th

5:30 - 7 PM
The exhibition “The Art of Ngatu: Tradition, Innovation and Community in Polynesia” combines original artwork, traditional tapa (beaten bark cloth), photography, film and ephemera. Exhibition content focuses on artists Dame Robin White (New Zealand) and Ruha Fifita (Tonga), their process and practice in Polynesia. Collaborating with communities of indigenous women, the artists use traditional methods to produce tapa while also incorporating innovation and contemporary narratives related to the history of Polynesian communities. 

LeFevre Art Gallery
LeFevre Hall
The Ohio State University at Newark
Newark, Ohio 43055

Dame Robin White (born Te Puke, New Zealand, 1946) is one of New Zealand’s greatest visual artists. Of Pakeha and Maori descent, White was one of the most prominent painters of the 1970s, producing numerous iconic New Zealand images. She subsequently lived on the island of Tarawa in the Republic of Kiribati for 17 years before returning to New Zealand in 1999. She has continued working since then with groups of indigenous women, weavers and artists from around the Pacific.

In 2003, White was made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. White says her tapa-based works are about “those things that connect different peoples.” Collaborating with indigenous people, using traditional processes, materials and techniques, her tapa work infuses ordinary subjects with values that are timeless and like an ocean, borderless.

Ruha Fifita is an internationally respected artist from Tonga. Her ngatu work was recently exhibited at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. Fifita advocates for increasing youth voices and a continued link to indigenous culture, which she believes is one of the region’s greatest strengths. She is currently curator of Polynesian art at Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia.

The exhibition is co-curated by Dr. John N. Low Associate Professor of Comparative Studies and Marcus Boroughs, former director of the Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History in New Zealand.

For more information, 
visit LeFevre Art Gallery's webpage
or contact Dr. John N. Low, at

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Welcoming the Tribes Back to Their Ancestral Homes by Interim Director, Marti Chaatsmith

Welcoming the Tribes Back to Their Ancestral Homes by Interim Director Marti Chaatsmith of The Newark Earthworks Center Flyer.

Wednesday, November 8, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Bexley Public Library
2411 E. Main St.
Bexley, Ohio 43209

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, Marti Chaatsmith, Interim Director of Ohio State University’s Newark Earthworks Center, will speak about her work developing relationships with Ohio’s Historic American Indian Tribes.  In collaboration with the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, Marti initiated a tribal outreach program to re-introduce tribal governments to sacred places in Ohio and to enlist the support of American Indian scholars.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Indigenous knowledge helps untangle the mystery of Mesa Verde

October 2, 2017.
Krista Langlois, of High Country News, has written a revealing article about the connections between the six contemporary nations which speak Tewa and Mesa Verde's cliff dwellings. Their unbroken oral traditions are being connected with computer modeling to the depopulation of the Central Mesa Verde Region in Colorado during the 1200s CE.

"So when the Village Ecodynamics Project showed that the number of people who “disappeared” from Mesa Verde during the 1200s was roughly the same as the number of people who moved into the Tewa Basin shortly thereafter, Ortman began searching for other evidence linking the two regions. But rather than studying potsherds and midden heaps, he turned to the Tewa people themselves. He studied modern Tewa language and culture, and invited elders to join him at ancestral sites to compare traditional knowledge with archaeological evidence. Instead of viewing Tewa stories merely as metaphor or myth, he began combing through them for clues harking back to Mesa Verde."

To read the full articleclick here.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Heads Up for the Last Octagon Open House of 2017!

Newark Earthworks, Octagon State Memorial.  Image Courtesy of Timothy E. Black.
Newark Earthworks, Octagon State Memorial.
Image Courtesy of Timothy E. Black.
October 8th is the last Octagon Open House of  2017!

We encourage everyone to walk the entire earthworks to experience the beauty of this amazing site.

The enigmatic Newark Earthworks were built 2,000 years ago by the ancestors of contemporary American Indians. They are notable for their precise geometry that provide astronomical alignments with the moon during its 18-year and 219-day cycle that culminates in the Major Lunar Standstill, observed by cultures throughout the world. Their scale is to the land where they reside and is enormous: the Octagon was built with an area of 50 acres. The connecting walkway is the length of an American football field, and the Circle has an area of 20 acres. The walls of the earthen enclosures are tall enough to block the view inside, and the walls are curved and smooth.

The grounds of the Octagon State Memorial
will be open to the public
for general strolling and viewing 
from sunrise to sunset.

Take your tour with you through:

The Ancient Ohio Trail.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Indigenous Politics Today: A Discussion -Winona LaDuke

September 18, 2017: Indigenous Politics Today: A Discussion
September 18, 2017. "Indigenous Politics Today: A Discussion" by Winona LaDuke. Flyer

Free and Open to the Public.

Winona LaDuke, a renowned environmentalist, Indigenous rights activist, and the Program Director for Honor the Earth is lecturing about indigenous politics today. As an activist and two-time vice presidential candidate with Ralph Nader for the Green Party, she has worked both nationally and internationally with others on the issues of climate change, renewable energy, environmental justice with Indigenous communities, and protect indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering. 

7 - 8:30 PM

Room 211
Columbus, Ohio 43210

 For more information, 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Great American Eclipse: August 21, 2017

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
August 21, 2017 
1 - 4 PM

All members of the public are invited to view the solar eclipse with expert guidance 
from The Ohio State University at Newark faculty member Dr. Michael Stamatikos, 
assistant professor in the Department of PhysicsDepartment of Astronomy 

This event is free and open to the public. 

LeFevre Courtyard
Newark, Ohio 43055

In the event of inclement weather the event will be cancelled.

Due to the path of the solar eclipse, Ohio and other nearby areas will see a partial solar eclipse.
 To safely view the eclipse, The Works will be selling solar eclipse glasses during the event
for $1 each. The Works Museum will be closed during the event.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Mayan 'Nesting Doll Pyramid ' Discovered in Mexico

3D Imaging of the discovery within the famous Kukulkan pyramid at Chichen Itza. Image Courtesy of the British Broadcast Channel.
3D Imaging of the discovery within the famous Kukulkan pyramid at Chichen Itza.
Image Courtesy of the British Broadcast Channel.

November 17, 2016.     
The pyramid of Kukulkan is an ancient religious structure built by the Mayans whose culture boomed around the classical period from 250 to 900 AD. The structure seems to be built up in even intervals, BBC  gives a good description on how the pyramids were constructed “A 10-metre-tall pyramid was found within another 20-meter structure, which itself is enveloped by the 30-meter exterior” (Agence France-Presse,1). The pyramid was recently found to have been constructed atop two more structures which predate it. The three structures were built in a manner resembling how Russian nesting dolls are made. As to the reason for this construction style, BBC states “Structures were built on top of each other for various reasons, including deterioration or the arrival of new leadership” (Agence France-Presse,1).

     The discovery of these structures has a huge implication on what we know about Mayan culture. This structure was not only an important religious to the Maya but also built atop a sacred sinkhole lake. These successive structures would have been of great importance to the Maya, So if it had been built in three stages that would mean a great change in the Mayan people had to have occurred during those times.

        To read the full article, click here

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