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Indigenous Appalachia

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An Exhibition by WVU Art in the Libraries in Partnership with WVU Native American Studies and WVU Humanities Center

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Exhibition Travel Schedule: 

WVU Land Acknowledgement

WVU, with its statewide institutional presence, resides on land that includes ancestral territories of the Shawnee, Lenape (or Delaware), Cherokee, and Haudenosaunee (or Iroquois--the Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk, Tuscarora), and other Indigenous peoples.

The goal of the Indigenous Appalachian exhibit is to increase awareness of the contributions of Indigenous Appalachians to the region’s shared history and present while also recognizing continuing injustices faced by Indigenous people. Through visuals and educational content, the exhibit will explore themes of people, lands and waters, and will provide significant opportunity for campus and community involvement via coursework and programming, and encourage informed, enhanced perspectives. As our nation and the University proceed in acknowledging the erasure of much of Indigenous history, it is understood that a reconciliation of this erasure can only be accomplished with Indigenous scholars’ leadership, guidance, and participation informing these new perspectives. 

This exhibit will be intentionally curated with the expertise and contribution of Indigenous Appalachians alongside scholars of Native American Studies. 

The content of the exhibit includes exploration of the following themes: 

The exhibit will also become a digital exhibit living on the   WVU Libraries' website  and archived on   The Research Repository at WVU.

Questions? Questions: Lead Curator: Sally Brown Deskins, WVU Libraries' Exhibits Coordinator, 304.293.0369,   email.

Scholarly Consultants:

*Consulting committee is fluid and growing to include Indigenous perspectives.


Platinum Sponsors: 
Logo for West Virginia Humanities Council
*This project is being presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  WVU Humanities Center WVU Provost Office Antero Foundation

Gold Sponsors: 

Tree with text, The Oakland Foundation  Morgantown Printing and Binding

Silver Sponsors:

Marshall University Libraries   Appalachian State University Libraries

West Virginia Library Commission