The WVU Native American Studies Program will host its annual West Virginia Native American Heritage event on Tuesday, February 17 at 7 p.m. “Who Speaks For the Dead: Kin, Science, the Law?” will be held in G24 Eiesland Hall on the downtown campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Award-winning West Virginia archaeologist Darla Spencer will give the keynote address on the history of the Buffalo Village site in Putnam County. In particular, she will detail the ongoing controversy over efforts to repatriate and rebury the human remains that were excavated and taken from the site in the 1960s. Spencer is currently studying pottery artifacts from the Buffalo Village to learn more about the origins and material culture of its former inhabitants.
WVU assistant professor of anthropology, Amy Hirshman will moderate a panel presentation that highlights related topics such as indigenous cultural representation, collaborative protection of sacred sites and creating a respectful balance between scientific, historic and traditional Native interests.
The participants include: Native American Studies lecturer Joe Candillo (Pascua Yaqui); doctoral history student Isaac Emrick; author and professor Allison Hedge Coke (of Huron, Eastern Tsalagi, French Canadian, and Portuguese descent); associate professor of English Ellesa High (Lower Eastern Ohio Mekoce Shawnee—a federally non-recognized tribe); assistant professor of history SilverMoon; sociology and anthropology lecturer Genesis Snyder; and cultural educator and traditional storyteller Suzanne Tewawina (Hopi-Navajo).
The event is sponsored by the Native American Studies Program with support from the Division of Sociology and Anthropology, the Historic Clarion Hotel Morgan, and Ellesa High, a founding sponsor of the West Virginia Native American Heritage Series.
For more information about “Who Speaks for the Dead: Kin, Science, the Law?” or the WVU Native American Studies Program, please contact NAS Coordinator Bonnie Brown at 304-293-4626 or by email at BonnieM.Brown@mail.wvu.edu. You can also log on to: http://www.wvu.edu/~nas