Annual Events

Native American Heritage Month

Due to Covid, UNSM will not host the annual Hubbard First Peoples of the Plains lecture. However, the museum will still offer a variety of virtual programs to celebrate Native American Heritage Month, including a special temporary exhibit honoring the diversity of tribal nations living across North America. A calendar of events is available below.

Nov. 4: Sneak Peak of Diverse Nations
Join UNSM anthropology collections/NAGPRA assistant Katelyn Trammell as she provides a sneak peak at the new Diverse Nations exhibit opening at Morrill Hall. Presentation via Facebook Live at 10:00 am CST.

Nov. 4-Jan. 3: Diverse Nations exhibit
A temporary exhibit celebrating the diversity of tribal nations living across North America. The exhibit will be in the Morrill Hall World Cultures Gallery on the third floor. The public is welcome to explore the exhibit during the museum's normal operating hours.

Nov. 4: "Star Lore" Astronomy at Home
The stars we see at night hold many meanings for many people across the world. Discover a very famous constellation from different perspectives. Shared via Facebook, Morrill Hall website and YouTube. 

Nov. 9: "Human(ity) Remains: What do we owe the dead?"
This virtual presentation explores the history of human remains in museum collections and the importance of repatriation. Shared via Facebook. 

Nov. 11: UNSM Anthropology Collection Preservation
Katelyn Trammell, UNSM anthropology collections/NAGPRA assistant explains preservation in the anthropology collection, including for a parfleche, pottery, and a beaded jacket and moccasins. Video shared via Facebook.

Nov. 16: Investigate Saturday Science Lab - Explore Earthlodges
Learn how archaeologists find, study, and preserve earthlodge sites. Plus, explore how earthlodges were made and used by the first peoples of the plains. This program will include a demonstration of how an earthlodge would have been built. You can follow along using materials at home to learn more. Video content shared via Facebook. 

Nov. 18: "Life of an Artifact: From dirt to cabinet"
Artifacts tell us a great deal about the history of people from the past. But what happens after an artifact is excavated? This Science Cafe virtual presentation explores the post-excavation history of local artifacts with History Nebraska. Video shared via Facebook. 

Nov. 23: Navajo Weavers
This video documents three generations of Navajo weavers when they visited the Cooper Gallery at Morrill Hall in 2010 in conjunction with the Textile Society of America's 12th biennial symposium. Video shared via Facebook and Youtube. 

Nov. 25: "Pottery and People of the Past"
What can tiny pieces of broken pottery tell us about people in the past? More than you might think. Dr. Rebecca Wiewel, an archaeologist with the Midwest Archaeological Center shares what is known about a 17th-century village in what is today central Arkansas, and how the Native community responded to de Soto's destructive expedition into the Southeast.