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MOA Opens Late

Saturday, March 7
1:00 pm

The Museum will open at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday due to the staff attending “Mini-Symposium Visions of the Great Plains: George Catlin and American Indians” at Reynolda House Museum of American Art in the morning.

LECTURE: Inscribing the Present: The Semiotic Reoccupation of Cherokee Country

MargaretBender LectureWednesday, March 18
7:00 pm

Drawing on collaborative work with Tom Belt and Hartwell Francis of Western Carolina University’s Cherokee Language Program, Margaret Bender, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Wake Forest University, will discuss several ways in which contemporary assertions of Cherokee culture–including the promotion of traditional language-based pregnancy and birthing practices, the reclamation of sacred and historic sites along the Tuckaseegee River, tattooing, and the defiance of an attempt by Facebook to prohibit use of the Cherokee syllabary–are physically and visually remaking Cherokee bodies and Cherokee landscape.

MOA Closed for Easter

April 3 – 5

The Museum will be closed Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 6, for Easter.

LECTURE: How Historical Linguistics Can Inform Archaeological Research

Wednesday, April 8
7:00 p.m.

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Eric Jones, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Wake Forest University,will present “How Historical Linguistics Can Inform Archaeological Research: A Case Study of Piedmont Village Tradition Settlement Ecology, AD 1200-1600.” He will explore the factors that influenced the settlement location choices for Piedmont Village Tradition communities in the North Carolina and Virginia Piedmont from AD 1200-1600 and what those factors can tell us about the ecology of these past communities.  To do so, he examines several scales of settlement pattern data using archaeological and spatial analysis methods. The ecological relationships between communities and their natural and cultural landscape are then constructed using these results and existing information on the geography of languages historically spoken in the region, including what this tells us about ethnic/cultural boundaries. The outcome is a proposed explanation for the role Piedmont Village Tradition societies played in the creation and modification of the landscapes of the Piedmont Southeast.

Reynolda House Community Day: Pow Wow Cultural Festival

Saturday, April 11
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Join the MOA at this special Pow Wow presented by Reynolda House and Guilford Native American Association on Reynolda’s front lawn. The MOA will host craft activities related to Plains Indian culture and present its hands-on Native American objects. Read more about this event here.

MOA Closed for Memorial Day

May 23 – 25

The Museum will be closed Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day