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

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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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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

USAJOBS - The Federal Government's official employment website & Go Government

"The Pathways Program offers federal internship and employment opportunities for current students, recent graduates and those with an advanced degree." [You may need your Transcripts].
  • Internship Program
    • " If you’re a current student in high school, college, trade school or other qualifying educational institution, you may be eligible. This program offers paid opportunities to work in federal agencies and explore federal careers while completing your education."
  • Recent Graduates Program
    • "for those who have graduated, within the past two years, from a qualifying educational institution or certificate program. The recent graduate program offers career development with training and mentorship.
    • You must apply within two years of getting your degree or certificate (veterans have up to six years to apply due to their military service obligation)."
  • Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program
    • "for recent graduates with an advanced degree—either a professional or graduate degree such as a master’s, Ph.D. or J.D. You may be eligible if you:
      • Have completed an advanced degree from a qualifying educational institution or program within the past two years.
      • Are a current graduate student and will complete all of your degree requirements (including dissertations) by the PMF application deadline."

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Federal agencies use USAJOBS to facilitate their hiring processes and match qualified applicants to job openings. Therefore, USAJOBS serves as the central location to find job openings within hundreds of federal agencies and organizations.

The U.S. Federal Government relies on more than two million Americans and foreign nationals to work in the civil service. Citizens like you help the government fulfill its essential duties in service to the American people. USAJOBS is here to help you find ways to serve."

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Octagon Open House on July 31, 2017

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 grounds of the Octagon State Memorial
will be open to the public on July 31, 2017
for general strolling and viewing 
from sunrise to sunset.
Octagon State Memorial
Newark, OH 43055

Take your tour with you through:

The Ancient Ohio Trail.

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

European Diseases Left a Genetic Mark on Native Americans

Photo courtesy of Library and Archives of Canada
November 15, 2016.
Michael Price, of Science Magazine, reports on the genetic effects on the American Indian Nation Tsimshiam in British Columbia  by the unfortunate variety of diseases and infections which diminished the local population upon contact with Europeans. The small amount of people who survived were able to pass down their immunity to their descendants. In the present time, studies show around 175 years ago, “infectious diseases brought by Europeans… have molded the immune systems of today’s indigenous Americans, down to the genetic level.”

"Using a technique known as whole exome sequencing, researchers—including Tsimshian scientists Barbara Petzelt and Joycelynn Mitchell—sifted through the DNA for genes related to immune response. They then sequenced DNA samples from 25 Tsimshian living near Prince Rupert today. Comparing the two sets of genes, the team discovered several immune-related gene variants that were rare among the living."

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