The Smithsonian traveling exhibition “Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. Shared Science.” will open on Monday, March 18, 2019 at the Duane G. Meyer Library at Missouri State University and be on display through Friday, May 24, 2019.
The exhibition explores the ways in which traditional knowledge of indigenous communities and cutting-edge Western science are being applied. This exhibition is free and open to the public.
March 18 – May 11, 2019
Monday-Thursday, 12:00-8:00 p.m., Friday-Sunday, 12:00-6:00 p.m.
(Closed April 19 and 20, 2019 due to university Spring Holiday.)
May 13 – May 24, 2019
Monday – Friday, 12:00 Noon – 6:00 p.m.
Group visits are welcome and available by appointment.
March 25, 2019
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. remarks at 5:15 p.m.
Outside Duane G. Meyer Library Room 107
Prehistoric Plant Food Gathering and Farming in Midcontinental North America
Dr. Neal Lopinot
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Duane G. Meyer Library, Room 101
Dr. Lopinot will provide an overview of archaeological and archaeobotanical evidence related to changing human-plant relationships, particularly as they pertain to the development of farming. He will focus on evidence from prehistoric Native American sites located in the lower Missouri River and central Mississippi River basins, touching now and then on evidence from the Ozarks.
Lopinot, Neal H. (PhD)
Neal H. Lopinot is Director of the Center for Archaeological Research and a Research Professor at MSU. He has authored or coauthored publications in such journals as American Antiquity, Geoarchaeology, Journal of Archaeological Science, Journal of Geology, Journal of Caribbean Archaeology, Plains Anthropologist, Southeastern Archaeology, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He has also published articles in a number of edited books, including Foraging and Farming in the Eastern Woodlands (1993), Cahokia: Domination and Ideology in the Mississippian World (1997), and Hunter and Gatherer Lifeways of the Early Holocene (2010). Since 2006, he has served as secretary of the Missouri Archaeological Society and as editor of the Missouri Archaeological Society Quarterly and The Missouri Archaeologist. His major research interests include archaeobotany, cultural resource management, experimental archaeology, and early hunter-gatherer behavior. During the past quarter-century, he has also developed considerable interest in many aspects of colonial archaeology, an interest manifested by ongoing research in Trinidad and Tobago.
Osage Heritage and Traditional Plant Use
Dr. Andrea A. Hunter
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Duane G. Meyer Library, Room 101
Dr. Andrea A. Hunter is an enrolled member of the Osage Nation from the Grayhorse District and an active participant in the dances. Both of Dr. Hunter’s grandfathers, Joseph Cannon and Arthur A. Hunter are full-blood Osage. Hunter received a BA in anthropology from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and an MA and PhD in anthropology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Hunter was the first Native American in the United States to receive a Ph.D. in anthropology with an expertise in archaeology. After seventeen years as a professor in the Department of Anthropology and director of the North American Division of the Laboratory of Paleoethnobotany at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Dr. Hunter was honored to accept the position of Director and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Osage Nation in 2007. Dr. Hunter also served as the vice-chair for 10 years and chair for 10 years of the Smithsonian Institution’s Native American Repatriation Review Committee and during the same period was appointed a Research Associate at the National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.
“Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. Shared Science.” was developed, produced and circulated by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. The exhibition is made possible with funds provided by the National Science Foundation.
The exhibition’s time at Missouri State University is supported through a collaboration of the College of Natural and Applied Sciences, the College of Humanities and Public Affairs, the Division for Diversity and Inclusion, and the University Libraries.
Contact our Special Collections & Archives department at 417-836-5428 with questions or for additional information.