Thursday, January 19, 2017

What Was Ours Documentary

Documentary Trailer Courtesy of PBS' Youtube Channel.

"For the Shoshone and Arapaho tribes living on the isolated Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming, new contact with lost artifacts risks opening old wounds, but also offers the possibility for healing. In What Was Ours, Jordan Dresser, a young Arapaho journalist, and Mikala SunRhodes, a teenage powwow princess, travel with Philbert McLeod, a Shoshone elder whose last trip off the reservation was when he left to fight in Vietnam, to search for missing artifacts in the vast archives of Chicago’s Field Museum. There they discover a treasure trove of ancestral objects, setting them on a journey to recover what has been lost, and build hope for the future."

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Newark Earthworks Center Receives Scenic Ohio Award!

Newark Earthworks Center Interim Director Marti Chaatsmith and
 former director Dick Shiels receive the 2016 Scenic Ohio Award.

The Newark Earthworks Center is proud to announce it is one of six organizations to
receive a 2016 Scenic Ohio Award in recognition of their collective work to preserve
earthworks sites in Ohio. These earthworks sites are the Newark Earthworks,
Great Serpent Mound, Fort Ancient and Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks. The 2016
Scenic Ohio Award recipients also include National Park Service, Ohio History
Connection, Dayton Society of Natural History, Arc of Appalachia
and Explore Licking County.

The Scenic Ohio Awards recognize community organizations, government agencies, 
and individuals who have improved, conserved, protected and enhanced
Ohio's scenic resources.

Ohio's role as an integral cultural crossroads throughout history is exemplified by unique American Indian earthworks. Ohio has two current American Indian World Heritage
nominations, the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks and Serpent Mound. The Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks consists of three major sites from across Ohio: the Newark
Earthworks, Hopewell Culture National Historic Park, and Fort Ancient State Memorial.
All were constructed during the Hopewell Cultural period 2,000 years ago (100  B.C. - 400 AD)
and are noted for their geometrical precision and enormous scale. At a quarter of a
mile long, Serpent Mound is the largest documented surviving example of an
ancient effigy mound in the world. 

Ohio's earthworks are poised to join such cultural icons as the Pyramids of Giza,
the Great Wall of China, Stonehenge and the Acropolis as World Heritage Sites through
the nomination process of UNESCO. The World Heritage Program was established to
recognize and encourage the protection of the world's most important cultural and natural treasures. Over 1,000 sites have been inscribed; only 23 of them in the United States.

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      Thursday, December 29, 2016

      Holidays Heads Up

      Even though our blog is off hiatus you may have noticed we have not been posting much. A variety of factors have decreased a few of our project timelines and as such I have been reading copious amounts of reference material but have not had as much time for exploratory research. ūüėĆ I hope you will check out our Facebook Page  for current news updates, and remember to visit our Youtube Channel which hosts a few of our past lectures!

      Right now I am in the depths of reading UNESCO World Heritage nominations and summarizing my findings. The Newark Earthworks Center, as a member of the World Heritage Ohio Executive Planning Committee, wants to create the best World Heritage nominations possible for Ohio's Hopewell Ceremonial Sites and Serpent Mound to ease the creation of outstanding outreach and management plans.

      So Interim Director Marti Chaatsmith and I are reading nominations to discover to what degree descendant communities are incorporated in the management of their cultural sites, how that could be extended further, and referencing the dossiers against current management plans, educational materials, and online presence. We will resume posting as soon as we can.

      Best Wishes and Happy Holidays,
      -Megan Cromwell.

      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

      If you'd like to attend this event you can 

      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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