Tuesday, March 20, 2018

April 8-9, 2018 Octagon Open House

Newark Earthworks, Octagon State Memorial.  Image Courtesy of Timothy E. Black.
Newark Earthworks, Octagon State Memorial.
Image Courtesy of Timothy E. Black.

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

The Octagon Earthworks is one of the most spectacular surviving remnants of the Newark Earthworks.  The architecture of the Octagon Earthworks encodes a sophisticated understanding of geometry and astronomy. The Octagon is connected to a perfectly circular enclosure 1,054 feet in diameter; it is also National Historical Landmark and is on track to become a World Heritage site! 

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.

Take your tour with you through:

The Ancient Ohio Trail.

We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

In Case You Missed the Super Blue Blood Moon...

Image Courtesy of NASA.gov .
Image Courtesy of NASA.gov.
January 31, 2018.
The full moon today is the first of 2018's two super moons and the year's two blue moons!
A month's second full moon is also known as a blue moon; while when our moon is closer in its orbit around the Earth it is known as a super moon. A blood moon refers to the fact that during a total lunar eclipse the Earth's shadow falls onto the moon giving it a reddish cast. If you happened to miss today's lunar eclipse, the links below include a more detailed explanation, a recorded live stream, spectacular photos, and cultural astronomy connections to our moon.

For more information, 

Monday, January 8, 2018

Newark Earthworks Center is Moving!

The Newark Earthworks Center is moving
from Baker House to Founders Offices 2055A & B
 on Newark Campus!  

It has been - and will be busy here for at least two more weeks
 as we finish moving and begin the unpacking process. 

We would love to see you and wish you the happiest of holidays!

Best wishes,
The Staff of the Newark Earthworks Center.

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 2018:

Spring Session 2018
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, cash.110@osu.edu , 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, low.89@osu.edu, 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, duenas.2@osu.edu, 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 low.89@osu.edu.

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.

For more information,

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.