Thursday, May 28, 2015

NPR (WVXU) story on archaeology at the Parker Academy

Bill Rinehart of WVXU wrote a story on the archaeology at the Parker Academy in New Richmond, OH. NKU students and faculty are featured.

This work has also been featured on US News & World Report and the Cincinnati Enquirer. NKU posted a press release and information on this project in early May.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Parker Academy Project Featured in the Cincinnati Enquirer

In this week's Cincinnati Enquirer the faculty, staff, and students working on the Parker Academy Project were photographed and interviewed about their involvement and work on this historical site.

This site is important, not only in the tri-state area, but also nationally due to its involvement in the Underground Railroad and for being a pioneer school in racial and gender integration.

Many of the students and faculty involved are currently excavating the site, which is located on private land in New Richmond, OH, in hopes of uncovering pieces of the past that will help add some insight about the students and staff who lived and studied here during the 1800's.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

NSF REU Fellow, Stephanie Zach's display of Fijian Cultural Items

2014 NSF REU fellow Stephanie Zach created three showcases displaying cultural artifacts used in everyday Fijian life.  These items are encased on the 2nd floor of the Landrum Academic Center at NKU.

**Kava (yaqona) root is a mild narcotic that is drunk by Fijians to celebrate, perform ceremonies, and/or to facilitate social gatherings.
Items above: Kava root (left), kava bowl (center), kava bowl used by priests (right).

**Meke is a traditional style of dance and music performed by Fijians on various occasions to tell ancestral stories and histories, legends, and the spirit of the islands.

Items used during meke ceremonies: palm frond fan and noise makers made out of seed pods.
**Masi (or bark cloth) is made from the pulp of the mulberry tree, decorated, and worn during important ceremonies like weddings, funerals, and the birth of babies.

This piece of masi was created by the Lau group and is part of a traditional wedding costume (this is be worn by both the bride and groom).