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SNRC selected to host traveling exhibition about Native concepts of health and illness

(Little Rock)— The Sequoyah National Research Center has been selected in a competitive application process to host Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, a traveling exhibition to U.S. libraries.

Native Voices explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. Stories drawn from both the past and present examine how health for Native People is tied to community, the land and spirit. Through interviews, Native People describe the impact of epidemics, federal legislation, the loss of land, and the inhibition of culture on the health of Native individuals and communities today.

As one of 104 grant recipients selected from across the country, Sequoyah National Research Center (SNRC) will host the traveling exhibition for a six-week loan during its tour of the United States from February 2016 to June 2020. SNRC will also receive a $250 programming grant, virtual training and publicity materials.

“We are so pleased to bring the National Library of Medicine’s fascinating exhibition to Little Rock and the state of Arkansas,” said Dr. Daniel Littlefield, Director. “We hope the community will take advantage of the exciting opportunity to learn about these powerful concepts that affect Native communities today.”

Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness was displayed at the NLM in Bethesda, Maryland, from 2011 to 2015. To learn more and view content from the exhibition, visit http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices.

The exhibition will be at SNRC in June 2017. A schedule of the exhibition and related events at SNRC will be available in the Spring of 2017.  Visit ualr.edu/sequoyah for more information.

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Updated 2.2.2016

Return From Exile opens Thursday, February 4th

The Dr. J. W. Wiggins Native American Art Collection and the Sequoyah National Research Center present Return from Exile: Contemporary Southeastern Indian Art at the Dr. J.W. Wiggins Gallery.

The exhibit is co-curated by Bobby Martin, Tony Tiger, and Dr. Jace Weaver. Martin and Tiger are highly respected artists, educators, and curators in Oklahoma. Dr. Weaver is the Director of the Native Studies Program at the University of Georgia and is a well-known Indian scholar originally from Oklahoma, now living in Athens, GA.

The curators describe Return From Exile as “the first major survey of well-known contemporary Southeastern Indian artists to show in the Southeast. Return From Exile presents an exhibition of compelling and challenging art by a stellar collection of contemporary Southeastern native artists, based around the theme of return and resilience.”

The exhibit will be available February 4 – May 6, 2016 with an opening reception scheduled for Thursday, February 4 from 5:30 p.m.  to 7:00 p.m. The Dr. J.W. Wiggins Native American Art Gallery is located at the Sequoyah National Research Center, University Plaza, Suite 500 on the University of Arkansas at Little Rock campus.

Updated 1.29.2016

Applications now accepted for 2016 Summer Internship

Each summer the Sequoyah National Research Center (SNRC) hosts three tribally affiliated student interns for the months of June and July. Interns are required to work a minimum of 25 hours per week in the Center doing basic archival and research work under the direction of Center staff.

The SNRC at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) houses the papers and special collections of tribal individuals and organizations and holds the world’s largest archival collection of newspapers and other periodicals published by tribal individuals and organizations.

The goal of the Native American Student Internship Program is to provide students an experiential learning environment in which to acquire an understanding of the value of archives and the research potential of the collections of the Center and to engage in academic research and practical archival activities related to tribal culture, society, and issues. Interns are expected to demonstrate the value of their experience by either a summary report of work, finding aids for collections, or reports of research or other written work that may be shared with their home institutions.

To qualify for an internship, students must

  • Be tribally affiliated
  • Have completed at least 60 college hours
  • Be in good standing at their home institutions of higher learning.

To apply, student must send

1. An unofficial copy of the student’s academic transcript
2. A recommendation letter from the head of the student’s major department or from another relevant academic official
3. A personal statement of no more than one page expressing why the intern experience would be beneficial to the student’s academic or career goals.

To assist the student in meeting expenses during the two-month tenure of the internship, the Center provides on-campus housing and $2,000 to defray other living expenses. Students interested in applying for internships for June 1 through July 29, 2016, should send applications or inquiries by e-mail to Daniel F. Littlefield or Erin Fehr at sequoyah@ualr.edu. Applications are due by March 15, 2016. The Center will select three applicants and notify students of their decision by April 1.

For information regarding UALR and its guest housing facilities, see ualr.edu/housing.

Updated 1.20.2016

Fehr presents at NAISA 2015

Erin Fehr, archivist of the Sequoyah National Research Center, presented “Selling Indians: Native American Stereotypes in Advertising and Collecting from the Hirschfelder-Molin Collection” on Thursday, June 4th at the 7th Annual Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Conference held in Washington, D.C. Her presentation was part of the paper session “Appropriation and Expressive Culture” with three other papers on stereotypes, considering the impact of three particular practices: 19th century prints, Native American flute, and Americana fashion.

Updated 6.8.2015

Sequoyah National Research Center seeks Project Archivist

The Sequoyah National Research Center (SNRC) at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) seeks a skilled, innovative, and knowledgeable professional for a one-year temporary appointment as Project Archivist.With direction from the SNRC Archivist, the Project Archivist will be responsible for processing and creating finding aids for the Garrard Ardeneum Collection, a large collection of mixed formats (100 cubic feet). This is a full-time, grant-funded, one-year appointment beginning August 1, 2015.

The Project Archivist employs archival standards and best practices to survey, arrange, describe and preserve this collection. The Project Archivist is responsible for creating DACS-compliant finding aids for this collection in CuadraSTAR.

During the course of the year, the Project Archivist will work together with the SNRC Archivist and a graduate intern from the UALR’s Public History Program.

JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Surveys Garrard Ardeneum Collection and plans a processing strategy with SNRC Archivist.
  • Arranges, describes, preserves and makes accessible the Garrard Ardeneum Colleciton according to archival standards and best practices.
  • Creates catalog record and detailed finding aid for collection using CuadraSTAR according to Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS).

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Demonstrated experience working with manuscripts, photographs, and other material in a special collections and archives environment.
  • Knowledge of and experience with preservation standards and procedures for archival materials.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and in groups.

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:

  • MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution with emphasis in archival studies.
  • At least one year of professional archival processing experience.

DESIRED EXPERIENCE:

  • Experience with CuadraSTAR.
  • Demonstrated experience processing a large collection.
  • Demonstrated work experience in American Indian/Alaska Native archives and special collections.

TO APPLY: Send cover letter, curriculum vitae, and list of three references to Erin Fehr at ehfehr@ualr.edu or Dr. Daniel Littlefield at dflittlefiel@ualr.edu. Applications will be accepted through June 30, 2015.

Updated 5.21.2015

SNRC awarded $56k ANCRC grant

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Sequoyah National Research Center (SNRC) was awarded a $56,000 grant by the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council (ANCRC) to process the Garrard Ardeneum Collection and to hire a project archivist. The grant will fund the purchase of needed archival supplies and the hiring of a temporary one-year archivist.

The Garrard Ardeneum Collection was donated by Francine Locke Bray of Antlers, Oklahoma, on behalf of the Garrard Ardeneum in McAlester, Oklahoma. The collection is 100 cubic feet of material amassed by Allece Locke (Mrs. Tom) Garrard (1909-1999), a descendant of two well-known Native families. Her father was Benjamin Davis Locke, Choctaw soldier and writer, whose brother Victor was not only chief of the Choctaws in Oklahoma (1911-1918) but Superintendent of the Five Civilized Tribes.  Allece’s mother was Eleanor Davis, the daughter of Alice Brown Davis, the first female chief of the Seminoles (1923).

Allece was involved in all areas of Oklahoma society, including politics, philanthropy, and the arts. The collection reflects her endeavors, including records on company and personal finances, social and political organizations, photographs, personal correspondence, genealogy and history.

UALR’s Sequoyah National Research Center is dedicated to the collection and preservation of all forms of Native American expression. Located on the southern end of the UALR campus in University Plaza, SNRC has served as an archive for Native Americans since 1983.

Updated 5.20.2015

Littlefield to lecture at US Marshals Museum

SNRC Director Dr. Daniel Littlefield has been invited to speak in the US Marshals Museum Guest Lecture Series: Frontier Marshals. Littlefield’s lecture will focus on the Trail of Tears and how this series of forced relocations led to the increase of federal law enforcement in the Western District of Arkansas, and federal jurisdiction in Indian Territory.

The lecture will take place Monday, May 4, 2015, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at The Blue Lion, 101 North 2nd, Fort Smith.

For more information, contact Leslie Higgins at 479-709-3766 or lhiggins@usmarshalsmuseum.org. To buy tickets, visit http://usmarshalsmuseum.org/event/the-gallery-lecture-series-frontier-marshals/

Updated 4.29.2015

Poetry Reading to feature Native Authors

The Sequoyah National Research Center is sponsoring “A Reading by Poets, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke and Casandra Lopez” along with the Departments of English and Rhetoric & Writing in association with The Arkansas Literary Festival’s Writers in The Schools Initiative.

The reading will take place Friday, April 24, 1:00 - 2:30 pm at the Sequoyah National Research Center located at 500 University Plaza (5820 Asher Avenue).

Hedge Coke is an award-winning author with several published poetry collections and her memoir Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer. She most recently served as a Distinguished Writer at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa and directs the Literary Sandhill Crane Retreat.

Lopez is the 2013 Native Writers Chapbook Award Winner for Where Bullet Breaks and a Canto Mundo Fellow. She is a founding editor of As/Us: A Space for Women of the World.

For more information, contact Professor Nickole Brown at lnbrown@ualr.edu.

Updated 4.14.2015

SNRC to participate in 1st Annual UALR Diversity Week

The Sequoyah National Research Center along with the Quapaw Nation are sponsoring a day of events on Monday, April 13th — Native Americans: Who We Are – Past, Present, Future for the 1st Annual UALR Diversity Week. Events include the following:

  1. Cherokee Stickball (12:30 pm, West Hall/ Trojan Grill field)
    Play and learn about the traditional game of Cherokee Stickball
  2. Inaugural speaker and Distinguished Guest: Chairman John Berrey, Quapaw Tribe (1:45 pm, EIT Auditorium)
    Native Americans: Who We Are program
  3. Dance, sing, and talk with members of the NSU Native American Student Association, Tahlequah, Oklahoma (2:15 pm, EIT Auditorium)
  4. Watch the film The Cherokee Word for Water (3:15 pm, EIT Auditorium–Movie matinee with snacks)
    Set in the 1980’s Wilma Mankiller helps move a Cherokee community to rebuild through traditional Native values of reciprocity and interdependence.

Additionally, SNRC will be hosting guided tours of the Center at 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, & 3:00 pm. Trojan Shuttles will be available at the DSC: 8:45 am, 10:45 am, 12:45 pm, and 2:45 pm.

For a full schedule of Diversity Week events, visit http://ualr.edu/chancellor/diversity/diversity-week/schedule/.

Updated 4.9.2015

SNRC receives $18,000 grant

SNRC has received a grant of $18,000 from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council to be used for conservation and framing of artworks in the Center’s J.T. Moncravie Osage History and Culture Collection.

SNRC staff identified three pieces in need of conservation work and selected 70 pieces for framing and archival matting from the 143 pieces of art by Osage artists in the Moncravie Collection.

Moncravie, a member of the Osage Nation and a resident of Fayetteville, Arkansas, died in May of 2013 after working for over two years with SNRC to establish a center for research in Osage history and culture. In addition to artworks, the Moncravie Collection includes books, photographs, and thousands of documents related to Osage family history.

Updated 5.13.2014
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