MOA Booth at Sowing Seeds Festival

Sunday, September 24
12:00pm – 5:00pm

Visit MOA’s booth at the Sowing Seeds Children’s Festival and Food Drive to learn about children’s lives in Japan and play with hands-on artifacts.


Indigenous Peoples Day Events

Monday, October 9

Bag Lunch Talk
1 p.m.
Master metalsmith William Rogers has conducted extensive research in the use of copper by Native peoples and helped lead an effort to revive the craft of metalworking among members of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians.  He will speak on the ancient technologies used in metalworking, sharing his research and interest in craft revitalization.  He will demonstrate the techniques used to transform a piece of native copper into an art piece.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch to enjoy during the talk.  Free and open to the public.

Copper Workshop
2-5 p.m.
Rogers will lead a hands-on workshop in which participants make copper pendants or badges using ancient techniques.  Examples of NC Native American copper artifacts will serve as inspiration.  Students will have a chance to temporarily display their art pieces at the Museum.  Participants should attend Brown Bag Talk.  $20 per person, WFU students free.  All materials included.  Space is limited. Pre-registration by emailing moa or calling 336.758.5282 is required.

5-6:15 p.m.
Enjoy light refreshments and mingle with guests while viewing a temporary exhibit on copper and trade in pre-European contact North Carolina.  Free and open to the public.

NC Indigenous Revitalization Panel Discussion
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Jennifer Revels Baxter, member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and board member of the Guilford Native American Association, Dr. Tom Belt, member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and coordinator of the Cherokee Language Program at Western Carolina University, and Dr. Margaret Bender, Associate Professor of linguistic anthropology at Wake Forest University, will discuss the concept of indigenous cultural revitalization in North Carolina with a focus on language and celebration.  Free and open to the public.

These events are sponsored by the Wake Forest University Museum of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Intercultural Center, and Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies program.

MOA Booth at Bethabara Park Dark in the Park

Thursday, October 12
5:30 – 8:00pm

Visit MOA’s booth at Bethabara Park’s Dark in the Park for a Day of the Dead craft.


Yup’ik Snow Goggles


These snow goggles were made by the Yup’ik people in the Kuskokwim River Valley of Alaska.  Known to Yup’ik speakers as i-guak, the goggles are carved from a single piece of wood with only small slits to see through. Yup’ik hunters use snow goggles all year.  In the winter, they prevent snow blindness caused by the strong reflection of sunlight off the snow.  In the summer, they act simply as sunglasses, shading the hunters’ eyes.  This pair of goggles was collected by Moravian missionaries working in the Bethel, Alaska, in the 1880s.

Mexican Calaveritas

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In Mexico, the Day of the Dead is celebrated on November 1 and 2. Many families set up an ofrenda or offering to the spirits of loved ones who have passed away.   It often includes favorite foods and drinks, flowers, candles, images of saints and the remembered ancestors, personal items, and other objects.   In urban areas, skulls and skeletons are popular elements of ofrendas. In addition to sugar skulls, miniature skeleton figures like these, known as calaveritas, reenact scenes from daily life. They represent the ancestors and things they liked to do, bringing back happy memories of the deceased.   These calaveritas are currently on display in Life After Death: The Day of the Dead in Mexico.

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Bassa Reliquary


This reliquary comes from the Bassa peoples in Liberia. For the Bassa, death marks the transition from being a member of society to existing as an ancestor. Though dead, ancestors are not completely cut off from their living descendants. Bassa families gather the bones of their deceased relatives into a bundle so that they can continue to care for their departed family member as well as continue to receive their guidance and blessings. Such bundles are topped with sculpted heads that evoke ideals of beauty, wisdom, and serenity. This reliquary is currently on display in our newest exhibit, Visions of Home: A Celebration of Gullah Art and Culture, illustrating the theme of Family.