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A Humanities in the Park Exhibit from The Charles J. Ping Institute for the Teaching of the Humanities 


In honor of Native and Indigenous American Heritage Month, Ohio University Libraries is pleased to host this exhibit tracing Indigenous Americans’ material and cultural contributions to Ohio from their early creation of large earthworks to modern representations and reflections on the past. 


In this series of panels, you will learn about First Nations’ roles in shaping place names and get interpretive glimpses into early Ohio’s history of Native American-white contact, which included collaboration, conflict, and removal. 


Explore present-day stewardship of Native American culture and art, including the impressive collection of Diné (Navajo) weavings at the Kennedy Museum of Art, as well as the voices of innovative communicators looking to change perceptions about Native American peoples and powerful leaders, such as Glenna Wallace, the Chief of the Eastern Shawnee nation, whose ancestors were displaced from these lands. 


And discover the value of moving beyond traditional Eurocentric understandings of the humanities to explore the first humans to inhabit this region and North America more broadly. 


The curators extend special thanks to John N. Low, Ph.D., Citizen of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi and Director of the Newark Earthworks Center, Ohio State University Newark Campus, for his advice and review of this exhibit. 


**Exhibit will be available until end of Fall Semester

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