Thursday, September 27, 2012

October Events

October will be a busy month!  

Caddo Archaeology
On Monday, October 1 at 7pm at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Dr. Elsbeth Dowd will give a talk at the monthly meeting of the Cleveland County chapter of the OAS.  Dr. Dowd is the Interim Collection Manager of archaeology at the Sam Noble Museum.   Her talk is titled Backwater or Crossroads? Caddo History along the Mountain Fork.  The Ouachita Mountains have often been considered as the backwater of ancestral Caddo society.  In comparison to settlements in the Red River Valley, settlements among the mountains tend to be smaller – smaller communities, smaller mounds, and less exotic goods.  A close examination of settlements along the Mountain Fork, however, reveals a dynamic history, major shifts in ritual activity and regional affiliation.  Dr. Dowd’s presentation explores the history of the Mountain Fork Caddo from an archaeological perspective, with a focus on how small sites can tell big stories of movement through the mountains. 

Parasites and Ancient DNA in Archaeology
On Thursday, October 4 at 7pm at the Norman Public Library, Lauren Cleeland (doctoral candidate at OU) will give a talk at Science Cafe Norman. Her talk is titled From Parasites to Paternity: Ancient DNA in Archaeology.  It should be pretty neat stuff!

More Caddo Events
If you are into Caddo heritage, the Jacobson House in Norman is hosting a fantastic set of events this month:
Every Monday, 6:30-7:30pm:
     Caddo language classes with members of the Edmonds family
Saturday, September 29, Noon:
     Pottery pitfire with artist Chase Kahwinhut Earles
Friday, October 12, 7:30pm:
     Lecture on Caddo pottery with Chase Kahwinhut Earles and Jeri Redcorn
Saturday, October 13:
     1pm - Caddo archery
     2pm - traditional food tasting
     3pm - Caddo dancing