How an Archaeological Experiment Revealed California’s Ancient Past

The Nicoleños, an Indigenous group that lived on San Nicolas Island, used a multistep process to fashion striking abalone-shell fishhooks such as this one. / Photo by Kevin Smith San Nicolas Island was home to Indigenous populations as early as 6,000 years ago. By Dr. Anna Goldfield / 08.14.2018 Archaeologist San Nicolas Island, the most[…]

How Native American Food is Tied to Important Sacred Stories

The First Salmon ceremony being performed. U.S. Department of Agriculture , Public Domain Indigenous people from around the world revere certain traditional foods as sacred.  By Dr. Rosalyn R. LaPier / 06.15.2018 Associate Professor of Environmental Studies The University of Montana The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling, on June 11, that asked Washington state to remove culverts that block the migration of salmon.[…]

5 Places to View Pre-Colonial America

It’s not too late to explore our ancient history, and we can begin by grasping a better understanding of tribal perspectives on landmarks, place names, and the historical people and events that make them significant. / Photo by DEA/F. BARBAGALLO/De Agostini/Getty Images The ancient history of this country is often overlooked. Here are landmarks significant to[…]

An Introduction to Peru’s Indigenous Moche Culture

Sculptural ceramic ceremonial vessel that represents a dog, c. 100-800 C.E., Moche, Peru, 180 mm high (Museo Larco). This spotted dog is represented in several scenes of Moche art accompanying Ai Apaec, the Moche mythological hero. By Dr. Sarahh Scher / 08.27.2016 Visiting Lecturer in Art History Salem State University A Complex Culture Moche architects and artists[…]