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Feb. 8, 2007

State Archeologist's Office Receives Grant

The Office of the State Archaeologist at the University of Iowa has received a grant of nearly $15,000 from Humanities Iowa, a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, in support of Iowa Archaeology Month 2007, an annual statewide event.

This year's theme, "Maps, Material Culture, and Memory: On the Trail of the Ioway," will help audiences explore the history and culture of the Ioway people during their residency throughout the state between the 1300s and the mid-1800s.

Programs and activities will be held in various Iowa communities in late September and October. Details will be posted at http://www.uiowa.edu/~osa/IAM/IAM.htm as they become available.

Events will include heritage demonstrations at Effigy Mounds National Monument in northeast Iowa and Living History Farms in Des Moines, scholar-led tours at local archaeological sites associated with the Ioway, special showings and discussions of a new documentary film, "Lost Nation: The Ioway," which premieres Oct. 11 in Des Moines, and interpretive exhibits related to Ioway culture.

Additionally, the grant provided financial support to bring an Ioway exhibit to the UI Museum of Natural History. The exhibit will include an 1837 map that Ioway leader No-Heart gave the United States government in support of the tribe's claim to Iowa territories. The map is currently housed in the National Archives. The exhibit also will include artifacts from a collection curated at the Milwaukee Public Museum. The artifacts are ethnographic, meaning they were collected mainly by anthropologists, from tribal members and others connected to the tribe.

Plans are also underway to bring Ioway tribal members, who now live on reservations in Kansas and Oklahoma, to Iowa for the events. The goal is to "re-introduce the Ioway to what we know about their history when they lived in Iowa," said Lynn M. Alex, director of education and outreach for the Office of the State Archeaologist.

"There are plans for them to be in Des Moines for the film premiere, and we're hoping that a day or two after that, they will come to Iowa City," Alex said. "Many of them have never seen the real 1837 map, and we hope to take them down to one of the archaeological sites called Iowaville. It's a site in Van Buren County where they resided in the late 1700s."

A research unit at the UI, the Office of the State Archaeologist conducts archaeological research and public programs across the state, preserves ancient burial sites and examines and reburies ancient human remains. The office maintains the state archaeological repository, manages data on all known archaeological sites in Iowa and publishes technical and popular books on Iowa archaeology. This is the 15th year the office has organized and coordinated Iowa Archaeology Month.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Nicole Riehl, 319-384-0070, nicole-riehl@uiowa.edu; Program: Lynn M. Alex, 319-384-0561 Writer: Lynn M. Alex