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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.

LECTURE: “Cherokee Handmade:” At the Junction of Economic Development and Representation

Thursday, April 23
7:00 p.m.

CourtneyLewis Lecture webDr. Courtney Lewis, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of South Carolina and enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation, will present “‘Cherokee Handmade:’ At the Junction of Economic Development and Representation.” In 1997, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) opened their first Harrah’s casino. By 2010, the casino hosted 3.6 million visitors and garnered $386 million that year alone. During this time, the EBCI government also launched several programs to bolster their small business stability and growth. Given the enormous success of the casino, why are small business viewed as critical elements on the Qualla Boundary? Dr. Lewis will examine these founding businesses of the EBCI, their impacts on both the economy and cultural representation of the EBCI, and the specific challenges they face as American Indian businesses. Admission is free. This event is cosponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Anthropology Club.

MOA Closed for Memorial Day

May 23 – 25

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