10 April 2023 Mapping Tahlequah History Workshop

Yá’át’ééh/ᎣᏏᏲ (Osiyo)/Havé/Hensci/Halito/Marúaweeka!

We would like to invite you and anyone you know who might be interested and available to attend the Mapping Tahlequah History (MTH) Workshop on Monday, April 10 (9 am-5 pm) that will be held in Tahlequah, capital of the Cherokee Nation and United Keetoowah Band of Cherokees (Wilson Hall on the campus of Northeastern State University at 703 N Grand Ave. Tahlequah).

The workshop and 3 pm keynote talk (featuring Dr. Elizabeth Rule and the Indigenous DC app) are free and open to the public (with registration required by April 1st for the 9 am-3 pm sessions of the workshop due to limited space). 

Mapping Tahlequah History is a project based at Northeastern State University (NSU) with collaborators at the University of Oklahoma and different organizations and communities. MTH supports student immersive learning and development of a public educational digital humanities interactive map and accompanying database focused on local histories. The map and database help make local historical information more accessible by providing students and other users with links to documents and other resources such as videos and pictures. The project highlights Cherokee and diverse regional histories of Tahlequah and surrounding areas of what is known as Green Country in Northeastern Oklahoma. 

This community-centered work-in-progress focuses on Indigenous and racial histories, historic sites and landscapes, and Indigenous place names and languages that layer the map and knowledge of our area. This project brings together citizen scholars from different areas of interest such as humanities in geography, history, linguistics, and Cherokee and Indigenous studies to sustain engaging curriculum and immersive and service-oriented learning that upholds the interconnectedness of higher education and regional relationships.

We especially hope that students, teachers, and educators can participate. We would greatly appreciate your help with spreading the word about the workshop. Please see and share the attached flyers, which are also available through this hyperlink and learn more about MTH on our website: https://mappingtahlequahhistory.org/#

Here is a brief outline of the MTH Workshop schedule:

9 am: Introductions- meet in GIS Lab Wilson Hall (NSU-Tahlequah campus) room 133

10 am-12 pm: Group site visits with the Thompson House, John Hair Cultural Center and Museum, and the Cherokee National Research Center

12 pm-1:30 pm: Lunch break

2-3 pm: Input and Debrief- meet in GIS Lab

3 pm-4:30 pm: Keynote talk with Dr. Elizabeth Rule in Wilson Hall room 407

4:30- 5 pm: Closing & Survey (with sale and author signing of Dr. Rule’s brand new book Indigenous DC: Native Peoples and the Nation’s Capital)

Register by April 1 for the MTH Workshop at https://bit.ly/MTH2023April

The MTH Workshop kickstarts NSU’s 50th Anniversary American Indian Symposium, “Envisioning Indigenous Futurity,” which is free and open to the public with various sessions and activities throughout the week. The symposium will celebrate fifty years of scholarship, broadening perspectives, community building, diversity, and culture since the annual symposium and gatherings of Native American knowledge-carriers began at NSU. 

Dr. Doug Kiel (Oneida Nation), Dr. Miranda Belarde-Lewis (Zuni Pueblo/Tlingit) and OU Native American Studies Department’s interim chair Dr. Laura Harjo (Mvskoke) will all serve as keynote speakers and the center of the 50th Annual Symposium on the American Indian. Learn more about the symposium at https://offices.nsuok.edu/centerfortribalstudies/NSUSymposium/default.aspx.

We hope that you can join us in Tahlequah for the MTH Workshop and NSU American Indian Symposium the week of April 10.

ᏩᏙ (Wado)/Ahéhee’/Thank you for your consideration.

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