Tuesday, August 25, 2015

September 1st, Phil Cross, The History of Caddo Bows and Arrows

We're pretty excited about our speaker series for the Oklahoma Anthropological Society (Cleveland County chapter) meetings this fall: History and Heritage: Indigenous Traditions of Oklahoma and the Southeast

The series will complement an exhibit at the Sam Noble Museum titled Collision & Creation: Indigenous Arts of the Americas, 1890-2015 that is opening on Friday, August 28th (public opening reception at 6pm).  The Museum will be co-sponsoring the speaker series and providing refreshments beforehand.

Here is our schedule for the fall.  Meetings are the first Tuesday of the month, 6:30pm reception, 7pm presentation, at the Sam Noble Museum.

  • September 1st: Mr. Phil Cross, member of the Caddo Nation and lead singer and historian for the Caddo Culture Club, The History of Caddo Bows and Arrows
  • October 6th: Dr. Elizabeth Horton, Station Archeologist at Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, Arkansas Archeological Survey, Motifs and Iconography in the Sacred & Ceremonial Textiles and Basketry of Southeastern Societies
  • November 3rd, Ms. LaDonna Brown, Tribal Anthropologist, The Chickasaw Nation, Southeastern Indian Finger Weaving Designs
  • December 1st, Dr. Ian Thompson, Director of the Historic Preservation Department, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Tribal Archeologist, and NAGPRA Specialist, The Choctaw Nation, Choctaw Traditional Foods and Land Management

Phil Cross carving bois d'arc for a Caddo bow
First up, please join us in welcoming Phil Cross! Cross was raised on his family’s Caddo Indian allotted land in western Oklahoma. He is a member of the Caddo Indian Nation and of the Caddo Culture Club at Binger, Oklahoma. Cross serves as the historian for the Caddo Culture Club and is the lead singer for the Club’s dances, ceremonies and appearances.
Cross learned bow making techniques and successful hunting methods at an early age from Caddo and other Indian elders. He has been successful in taking big game, wild turkey, and all types of small game with his hand made bois d’arc bows. He has developed an extensive knowledge of the history of the bow and arrow of Caddo Indians and other tribes around the U.S. He has conducted workshops on Indian primitive bow making and archery for a variety of groups and youth across the U.S. His work is known worldwide and he has published a number of writings on the subject. His workshops include the use of   ancient stone tools as well as modern shaping tools. He has been featured as a bow maker in a number of television programs including “Is this a Great State or What”, Channel 4, Oklahoma City, Ok, and “Outdoor Oklahoma”, OETA, Oklahoma City, OK.




Thursday, August 13, 2015

Archaeology in the Classroom!

Interested in using archaeology in your classroom? This Project Archaeology workshop is a supplementary science and social studies curriculum unit designed to familiarize educators in grades 3 through 5 (also easily adaptable for secondary subjects) with archaeology resources for the classroom that can enhance learning opportunities in math, science, art, and social studies. Archaeology is an engaging way for students to tangibly connect to the past. Archaeology is interdisciplinary and uses scientific and historical inquiry to foster cultural understanding. Teachers and students can be a part of the discovery and defense of our cultural heritage by learning how archaeologists study the past and then apply their knowledge to uncover a real archaeological site! Explore a slave cabin, farm house, colonial home, and several Native American shelters right from your classroom!

The workshop will take place at the Museum of the Great Plains on November 6-7.

Visit our webpage for more in http://projectarchaeology.org/programs/oklahoma and click on “View Upcoming Course” for registration. Contact Ryan Howell at rhowell@blm.gov or 918-621-4153 with any questions.

Registration Deadline: September 18th unless full.

Registration is free for teachers and a continuing education training certificate will be awarded upon completion of the course.

Monday, April 20, 2015

OAS Spring Meeting - May 2nd - Chickasaw Cultural Center


The Spring Meeting of the Oklahoma Anthropological Society will be on Saturday, May 2nd at the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur.  The meeting will begin at 10am with a tour of the Center.  More info coming soon.

If you haven't caught it yet, the meeting will be just in time to see the Dugout Canoe Exhibit before it closes.  This is an amazing venue - we hope you will be able to join us!


Monday, April 13, 2015

OAS Spring Dig: May 11-16, 2015


Time to get back out in the field!  Come join the Oklahoma Anthropological Society at the 2015 Spring Dig.  It will be at Historic Fort Washita in Durant.  The Fort was first established in 1842 and was acquired by the Oklahoma Historical Society in 1962.  It is now a National Historic Landmark.

Join us for a 6 day archaeological dig with educational programs in the evenings.  Dr. Amanda Regnier and Dr. Scott Hammerstedt from the Oklahoma Archeological Survey will be directing the excavations.  According to dig chair Andy Slaucitajs, the digging area has no shade, but also no poison ivy or oak.

As always, visitors are welcome and observation of the dig is free, but participation requires membership in the OAS and a small fee.

One of the hotels recommended for visitors to the Fort is the Best Western Markita (580-924-7676).  Limited camping is also available at Lake Texoma on a first-come first-serve basis.




Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sterlin Harjo Film Screening - Wednesday, 11/19

Great news - Sterlin Harjo's film This May Be The Last Time will be shown at the Sam Noble Museum on Wednesday, November 19th at 7:30 pm!  Admission is free.  Here is some more info on the film and the filmmakers.


There is also tribal hymn singing at the Jacobson House earlier in the afternoon, starting at 4:30.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Archaeology Month

Archaeology month is almost here! For the latest on events, check out Oklahoma Archaeology Month on Facebook.



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Archaeological Workshop for Educators October 11-12, 2014


Interested in using archaeology in your classroom? Through an education grant of the US Dept. of the Interior, the Oklahoma Anthropological Society will be holding a free archaeological workshop for elementary school educators October 11-12, 2014 at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Natural History Museum in Norman. Project Archaeology’s workshop is a supplementary science and social studies curriculum unit designed to familiarize educators in grades 3 through 5 (also easily adaptable for secondary subjects) with archaeology resources for the classroom that can enhance learning opportunities in math, science, art, and social studies.

Please see the attached flyer for more information and visit our website at:

http://projectarchaeology.org/programs/Oklahoma and click on “View Upcoming Courses” 

This is a free workshop. Lesson plans and workbooks will also be provided free of cost. There will be no expense to teachers. Continuing education credits may be available. 

Enrollment limited. Application deadline is September 26, 2014. There will be no onsite enrollment.

Please contact Ryan Howell at rhowell@blm.gov or 918-621-4100 for any questions.