Th 09/15: Caddo Ceramic Traditions and Trajectories

From 800 AD to the 1700s, Caddo tribal pottery was prized across the American Southwest and traded as far as France and Spain. The tradition was almost lost when the last Caddo potter, a matriarch of the tribe, stopped making pottery in 1908. In a lecture titled “Caddo Ceramic Traditions and Trajectories,” Chase Kahwinhut Earles, discusses his decades-long effort to help revive, master, and honor ancestral Caddo pottery traditions in order to establish a path forward as a contemporary artist and develop a modern narrative.

Earles’s work has won many awards at Indian art markets and has been exhibited and collected by the Dallas Museum of Art, the Gilcrease Museum, the Spiro Mound Archaeological Center, the Carlos Museum, and many more.

This program has been developed in collaboration with the Atlanta Beltline’s Art on the Beltline project.

This is an in-person event, but if you prefer to attend via Zoom you can register here.

Time: Thursday, September 15, 2022, 7:30-8:30pm

Place: Ackerman Hall in the Micael C. Carlos Museum

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Sat 09/17-09/18: Ocmulgee Indian Celebration

Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park is hosting its 30th Ocmulgee Indigenous Celebration to honor the cultures of Southeastern Native Americans!

This celebration will feature traditional cultural crafts, storytelling, educational programs, live demonstrations, music, and dance. Native American arts and crafts vendors will be selling their crafts as well as food. You can explore and learn from the mounds and Earth Lodge, artifacts, trails, and nature in the park.

Time: September 17-18, 2022, 10:00am-5:00pm EST

Place: Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park

Logistics: Parking will be down the road at the Macon-Bibb Health Department 171 Emery Hwy. A free, handicap accessible shuttle will take you right to the event gate. Tickets available at the gate or pre-sale here.

​To volunteer for the 2022 Ocmulgee Indigenous Celebration call 478-752-8257 x 219 or email ashley_shreves [at] partner [dot] nps [dot] gov.

W 09/21: Since Time Immemorial: Native Custom and Law in Colonial Mexico Workshop

The Interdisciplinary Workshop in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies and the Emory Department of History hosts the first event of their Fall 2022 Colonial/Postcolonial Seminar Series with Professor Yanna Yannakakis. She will present a section of her forthcoming book, Since Time Immemorial: Native Custom and Law in Colonial Mexico.

Since Time Immemorial traces the invention, translation, and deployment of Native custom as a legal category and strategy of empire in colonial Mexico. After the Spanish conquest, custom represented the primary mode through which Indigenous communities governed themselves and interfaced with authorities outside the community from the early 16th c. until independence from Spain in 1821. This book examines how the European category of custom was given local meaning, how it became part of the fabric of Indigenous communal life and a potent claim in Spanish courts, and how its purview changed and narrowed over time.

Professor Yannakakis’ Bio: Her research explores the social and cultural history of colonial Latin America, the history of Mexico, ethnohistory, the history of legal systems, and the interaction of indigenous peoples and institutions in Mexico. Her first book, The Art of Being In-Between: Native Intermediaries, Indian Identity, and Local Rule in Colonial Oaxaca (Duke University Press, 2008) examines how native cultural brokers negotiated with Spanish courts and the Catholic Church to open and maintain a space for the political and cultural autonomy of indigenous elites and their communities during Mexico’s colonial period. This book was awarded the 2009 Howard Francis Cline Memorial Award given by the Conference on Latin American History for the best book on the history of Latin America’s indigenous peoples.

Time: Wednesday, September 21st, 4pm-6pm EST

Location: Anthropology Building, Room 206

This seminar is co-sponsored by the Emory History Department. For questions, and if you would like to read a background chapter of Yannakakis’ book, please contact Hugo Hansen at hugo [dot] hansen [at] emory [dot] edu

Sat 10/15: Stickball Summit: Game and Panel Discussion

The Atlanta Beltline and Emory are co-sponsoring the Southeast Woodlands Stickball Summit, including a stickball game and panel discussion in collaboration with NAISI and the Carlos Museum. This event centers around the new Atlanta Beltline artwork “Itti’ kapochcha to’li’” by Addison Karl (Chickasaw and Choctaw). First, there will be an exhibition stickball game in the historic Old 4th Ward Activity Park, beginning at 10:30am EST, followed by a panel discussion about the history and future of stickball at 7:00pm EST.

Time: Saturday, October 15th, 10:30am-3:00pm, then 7:00pm

Place: Old 4th Ward Activity Field (the game), Ackerman Hall at the Carlos Museum (panel)

Toli (stickball) has been enjoyed by many of the Woodland Nations of the Southeast of the US. Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Cherokee have deep roots in the game. The Chickasaw played as a substitute for war, to settle disagreements, as well as enjoy sports and athletics. This artwork is a celebration of generation after generation playing this game. Karl dedicates this work to his grandfather, whose Toli sticks featured prominently in the home he grew up in and for the woodland nations on whose land the artwork is being installed. Click here to learn more.

Addison Karl Bio: Born in Denver, Addison Karl is currently base in Italy, and is a Chickasaw and Choctaw visual artist, painter, sculptor, and public artist. Karl’s artistic emphasis finds its way through multidisciplinary materials and methods to create a visual narrative. The execution of his visual library is deeply rooted within the methods of creation. Pulling references from personal interactions, nature, culture, the history of humanity, altruism, perception of colors, and emotional states. His process explores two main domains combining humanitarian figurative & aesthetic subject matter. In working internationally with different cultures, Addison has explored the social construct of individual versus community. These ideas raise issues he feels are primordial to discuss in both contemporary and public arenas. Furthermore, through his artistic practice, he hopes to reintroduce into shared visual space a sense of ownership.  Addison works with the Chickasaw Nation as a growing Culture Bearer.

Thu-F 10/27-28: Indigenous Language Path (ILP) Listening Sessions & Celebration of Muscogee Nation

There will be three Indigenous Language Path (ILP) listening sessions hosted at Emory this Fall!  The entire Emory community is invited to learn and provide insight into the university-wide project to develop physical reminders and rituals on Emory’s Oxford and Atlanta campuses to honor Muscogee language and knowledge, as the indigenous language and knowledge of this land.

On Oxford campus, there will be a dinner listening session for students, faculty, and staff, and on Atlanta campus there will be a faculty/staff breakfast session, a student lunch session, and in the afternoon a Muscogee Teach-in and Stomp Dance on the Academic Quad that will be open to all.

Information about these sessions and RSVP forms can be found here.

Time: 10/27 from 5:30pm-7:30pm (Oxford College Session) & 10/28 from 10:00am-11:30am and 12:00pm-1:30pm (Emory College Sessions) & 10/28 from 2:30pm-5:00pm (Teach-In and Stomp Dance)

Locations: Dean’s Dining Room (Oxford College Session) & Convocation Hall (Emory College Session) & Academic Quad (Muscogee Teach-In)

To learn more about the Indigenous Language Path, please visit: