Monday, October 7, 2013

October Updates

Once again I've fallen behind on my updates.  Lots of anthropological stuff going on in Oklahoma and around the country right now, though, so onward!

1. Masterworks of Native American Art: Selections from the Fred and Enid Brown Collection.  This great new exhibit just opened at the Sam Noble Museum.  It will be up through January 5, 2014.  These works of art reflect developments in the Native American fine arts movement from around 1960-2010.  

This exhibit is truly spectacular.  Two of the pieces are by Yatika Starr Fields - for a sample of his artwork, check out his website.  This youtube video shows the artist in action.

Also, don't forget to check out the Museum's Ethnology blog!

2. We have continued to update the Sam Noble Archaeology Blog throughout the summer with our interns entries on artifacts from Spiro:  The latest entry, though, is a little different.  It focuses on a recent donation to the Museum by Ms. Lois Bookout and the personal meaning of this donation to her family.  

3. Once again archaeology and anthropology are on the defensive following an opinion piece in USA Today.  Researchers across the county have written detailed rebuttals highlighting the significance of social science research and its impacts on global cooperation, scientific discovery, and student training.  They also strongly refute several claims in the original piece about the relative expense of this research and the proper role of the elected officials vs. trained specialists in assigning relative value to research projects.  The following responses make for interesting and enlightening reading: