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.

For more information,


Monday, October 17, 2016

FAFSA Filing This Year

FAFSA4caster will estimate your eligibility for student aid. Image Courtesy of the Office of the U.S. Department of Education.

As reported by Bill Bush & Mary Morgan Edwards in The Columbus Dispatch 
on September 28, 2016:

“The race for college financial aid is staring sooner…The Oct. 1 opening date is new this year; traditionally, FAFSA filing season didn’t begin until Jan. 1. U.S. Department of Education officials have moved the date up by three months in the hope that colleges will get aid offers to prospective student’s sooner, giving those students more time to compare packages and make their choices....Now, the FAFSA is to be based on the “prior-prior year” taxes — for this year, 2015."

To complete the FASFA form, see .

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Octagon Open House

The Newark Earthworks' Octagon
Video Courtesy of the Ancient Ohio Trail and CERHAS.

The Newark Earthworks Center and Ohio History Connection are sponsoring an Open House at the Octagon State Memorial on October 10, 2016. This is the last in of four days in 2016 that the public has been given full access to the site!

We encourage everyone to walk the entire earthworks to experience the beauty of this amazing site. Guided tours of the Octagon Earthworks will also be provided from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Check out our website and the Ancient Ohio Trail for information about the significance and history of the Octagon Earthworks and the Great Circle Earthworks that make up the Newark Earthworks.

The enigmatic Great Circle and Octagon 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 within they reside, and is enormous: the Octagon was built with an area of 50 acres, the connecting walkway is the length of a 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 Newark Earthworks one of three major earthworks sites included in a serial nomination to become one of the next American World Heritage sites - perhaps the 26th in the U.S.

A dedicated coalition consisting of Ohio State University, Ohio History Connection, National Park Service, University of Cincinnati, Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, private architecture firms, convention and visitors’ bureaus, mayors, commissioners, and site managers make up World Heritage Ohio, the group developing the nomination materials and raising funds.

The Newark Earthworks Center (NEC) is an interdisciplinary academic center of the Ohio State University that develops projects and research about the Indigenous cultures that produced Midwestern earthen monumental architecture in order to promote a better understanding of the cultural and scientific achievements of American Indians to humankind.

The NEC promotes interdisciplinary research, educational enrichment for undergraduate students, public lectures and events, teacher resources, outreach and engagement. The interdisciplinary research involves the humanities, social sciences, and sciences and is about the pre-contact Indigenous systems of knowledge and intellectual traditions that led to the development of complex architectural, astronomical, and geographic sites across the Americas.

The NEC improves the understanding of the Indigenous perspectives and knowledge of the cultural context of the earthworks landscape in the Ohio River Valley, from the times before European contact until the present.

The NEC continues to build meaningful and reciprocal relationships with American Indian tribal governments around cultural preservation issues throughout Ohio, the Midwest, and the world."

Without sustainable funding, the NEC may close at the end of June 2017. We are establishing an endowment campaign to provide sustainable funding into the future, and we are currently developing research proposals. Followers of the Newark Earthworks center can help by sending testimonials to or donations.

Comments and suggestions are welcomed. You can contact Marti Chaatsmith, Interim Director at (740) 364-9574 or Sheila Carpenter, Office Assistant at (740) 364-9574; or email us at

We hope to see you there!

This earthwork is part of the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks;
nine Ohio ancient earthworks sites constructed by the Ohio Hopewell culture during
 the Woodland Period (1-1000 CE) which are in the process of nomination for
 UNESCO World Heritage!

For more information,

Thursday, October 6, 2016

What Have We Been Working On?

Our small team at the Newark Earthworks Center has been busy behind the scenes this past month and a half!

Newark Earthworks.
Image Courtesy of Tim Black.
Our director Marti Chaatsmith, (Comanche Nation citizen/Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma descendant), has been busy writing grant proposals, attending the 2016 Shawnee History Summit, mapping the NEC’s future directions in collaboration with American Indian Studies Program, and building on our partnerships within The Ohio State University. Marti participated in American Indian Heritage Week activities with the Ohio History Connection, including an appearance on WOSU’s OpenLines with Ann Fisher with MacArthur Foundation Award winner Daryl Baldwin, Director of the Myaamia Center at Miami University; and Kerry Holton President of the Delaware Nation.

Sheila Carpenter has been monitoring our project deadlines, managing the office, and anticipating our plans for our move to the Ohio State University Columbus campus.

We are excited to continue working with our student workers Anthony C. and Nic H. and hope to see research from them on the blog this semester along with their work in organizing our collections of videos, photos, and digital articles. Anthony C. continues his work with our grant research, researching astronomical alignments of the earthworks, and engineering principles utilized in Ohio's earthworks. Nic H. will be working on reviewing and organizing our video collection, and grant research.

Megan Cromwell, former student employee and current contractor for UNESCO World Heritage Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks research, has been maintaining work on documenting every visit, interview, and articles by members of American Indian nations about Ohio's earthworks. During the process of this she is collecting photographs, lectures, and articles by members of nations such as the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma
Pokégnek Bodéwadmik | Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, Wyandotte Nation, Absentee Shawnee Tribe, Shawnee Tribe, kiiloona myaamíakí | The Miami Nation of Oklahoma, and many more which describe the importance of sacred sites, how to respectfully celebrate them, and associated knowledge.

As a team we have been:

Writing grant proposals (more details underway);

Investigating proposed and established UNESCO World Heritage sites;
Working on our book NewarkEarthworks: Enduring Monuments, Contested Meanings's publicity!

Reading about current events:

And finally, reviewing our blog design and dreaming for a website redesign.

To Learn More,

Monday, October 3, 2016

Scheduling Spring 2017 Classes?

Thinking about your schedule for next semester?
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, campus, and undergraduate/graduate classes.

All you need to do is copy down the course number into your schedule!

See below for a sampling of what is currently available 
for Spring Semester 2016
 at The Ohio State University at Newark:

People and Cultures: An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Anthropology 2202
Dr. Robert Cook
T/TH 9:35-10:55 AM
Course Number 24358
3 credit hours.
Comparative survey of traditional and contemporary peoples in several world culture regions; culture concepts; study of selected topics.
Prerequisites: Not open to students with credit for 202.
GEC: Social science individual and groups course and credit for diversity global studies.
Limit 35 students.
Contact Dr. Cook,, for more information.

Introduction to American Indian Studies
Comparative Studies 2323
Dr. John Low
T/H 3:55-5:15 PM.
Course Number 26276
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.

Introduction to Native American History
History 2070
Dr. Lucy Murphy
T/H 12:45-2:05 PM
Course Number 32099
3 credit hours.
History of Native Americans from pre-contact times to the present.
Prerequisites or Concurrent: English 1100.xx or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 368.01.
GEC: Historical Study credit.
Limit of 35 students.
Contact Dr. Murphy,, for more information.

Introduction to Native American Peoples of the Andes
History 32100
M/W 12:45-2:35 PM
Dr. Alcira Dueñas
Course Number 32100
3 credit hours.
Introductory survey of the Native American peoples of the Andes from the Pre-Columbian period to the present.
Prerequisites or concur: English 1100.xx, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 368.02.
GEC: Historical study credit.
Limit of 35 students.
Contact Dr. Dueñas,, for more information.

Research Seminar in Latin American History
History 4125
M/W 8:00-9:50 AM
Dr. Alcira Dueñas
Course Number 32108
3 credit hours; Repeatable to a maximum of 6 credit hours.
Advanced research and writing on selected topics in Latin American History.
Prerequisites or concur: English 1100.xx, or equiv., and course work in History at the 3000 level, or permission of instructor. 
Limit of 15 students.
Contact Dr. Dueñas,, for more information.

Native American Religions
Religious Studies
Dr. John Low
M/W 5:30-6:50 PM.
Course Number 33045
3 credit hours.
Comparative survey of indigenous religions of North America; patterns and diversity in religious experience, cosmologies, myths, rituals, social organizations, and sacred roles. Religious Studies 2370 (270) Introduction to Comparative Religion recommended.
Prerequisite: English 1110 (110) or equiv. Not open to students with credit for Comparative Studies 3672 (322) or Religious Studies 322.
GEC: Cultures and Ideas and Social Diversity in the U.S. credit. 
Limit of 35 students.
Contact Dr. Low,, for more information.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Brief (Promise) Blog Hiatus until September

We have been working hard behind the scenes to keep up the posting on our blog while restructuring, developing upcoming research projects, advocating for American Indians in Ohio, and working on the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks nomination within the Ohio World Heritage committee.
Deadlines are approaching for a variety of our projects and so our blog posts will be tapering off until September. The Newark Earthworks Center continues to operate with provisional funding as we identify and research exciting projects.

Your support and recommendations are incredibly important to us, are instrumental in maintaining our existence, and allow us to provide resources to help you.

The Newark Earthworks Center looks forward to continuing to identify opportunities, sources, and relevant news to share with you. Our Facebook group will remain active through our blog hiatus; although please feel free to contact us at or at 740-364-9584.

We enjoy hearing from you and consider your feedback carefully.

Best Wishes,

Marti Chaatsmith (Comanche Nation Citizen/ Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Descendant)
Interim Director of the Newark Earthworks Center
The Ohio State University

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Lakota Winter Counts Online Exhibit

Lakota Winter Counts Online Exhibition.

"The Lakota marked the passage of time by drawing pictures of memorable events on calendars known as winter counts. This online exhibit features a searchable database of Smithsonian winter count images, a documentary about Lakota history and culture, video interviews with Lakota people with personal connections to the winter-count-keeping tradition, and a Teachers' Guide."

About This Exhibit
"This online exhibit was created in response to requests from Lakota educators and community members to make primary source materials in Smithsonian collections available online for Lakota researching their cultural heritage. It is based on consultations that Candace Greene and Christina Burke held in a series of Lakota communities in 2002 as they were preparing a book called The Year the Stars Fell: Lakota Winter Counts at the Smithsonian ...

The winter counts are from the Smithsonian's National Anthropological Archives and National Museum of the American Indian. The commentary that accompanies the individual winter count years was provided by Lakota winter count keepers or, in the case of the Rosebud Winter Count, by Russell Thornton. For the most part, these comments and explanations have come to the Smithsonian through a series of interpreters and intermediaries whose words are faithfully presented here as primary sources. Their usage, grammar, and spelling reflect the knowledge and attitudes of the period when they were written...."

View Winter Counts
  • Overview
    • By Year and Author
      • 1701-1903
      • American Horse, Battiste Good, Cloud Shield, Flame, Lone Dog, Long Soldier, Rosebud, Swan, Major Bush, No Ears
  • Artifact
  • Entry
    • Name of the Year
    • Collector's Note
  • Search Results
    • Plants and Animals
    • Ceremonies
    • Health
    • Trade Goods
    • Places
    • People
    • US Government
    • The Sky
  • My Winter Counts
    • Send to Your Email Address
What Are Winter Counts?
  • Winter Count Overview
    • Counting by Winters
    • Winter Count Keepers
    • Pictures and Materials
  • Lakota Comments
    • Robert Gipp
    • Wilbur Flying By
    • Pepper Young
    • Phylis Young
    • Tipizi Young
    • Steve Emery
Who Are the Lakota?
  • Historical Overview (Audio)
    • The Lakota
    • Sioux People
    • Lakota/Teton
    • Minnesota Origins
    • Westard Migration
    • Horses and Guns
    • Conflicts
    • Treaties
    • Great Sioux Reservation
    • Land Cession
  • Contemporary Perspectives
    • Commentary
      • Robert Gipp
      • Pepper Young
      • Phylis Young
      • Tipizi Young
      • Steve Emery
      • Wilbur Flying By
  • Environment
  • Social Structure
Learning Resources

  • Teachers' Guide
    • "created to help you incorporate Lakota winter counts into your curriculum. It includes relevant background information, visual material, topic suggestions, sample lesson plans and resource lists, along with instructions on navigating the Lakota winter count online exhibit. Before using this material, please review the guidelines for teaching culturally sensitive material, developed by the Department of Anthropology of the National Museum of Natural History. The Teachers' Guide includes a glossary with definitions for anthropological terms and Lakota words. The Audio Glossary in the online exhibit provides pronunciation for Lakota terms."
    • Download the Entire Guide (2MB)
      • What are Winter Counts
      • Using the Online Exhibit
      • Cultural Considerations
      • In the Curriculum
      • Lesson Plans
      • Who Are the Lakota?
      • The Smithsonian Collection
      • Glossary
      • Bibliography
      • Downladable Images
      • The Winter Counts
  • Bibliography
  • Additional Sources