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Oct. 4, 2007

Ioway tribe is focus of Iowa Archaeology Month

October is Iowa Archaeology Month (IAM) and the focus this year is on the Ioway Tribe, namesake of the state. IAM 2007 festivities include an array of scheduled events across the state including scholar-led tours to local archaeological sites, native technology demonstrations, collection open houses, and presentations related to Iowa archaeology and history.

The Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA) at the University of Iowa received a grant of $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 is the 15th year the OSA has organized and coordinated Iowa Archeology Month, drawing upon partnerships and funding from cultural and historical organizations statewide.

Several Iowa Archeology Month 2007 festivities are planned at the UI:

--"Maps, Material Culture, and Memory; On the Trail of the Ioway," a special exhibit currently housed at the UI's Museum of Natural History, explores the culture of the Baxoje (or Ioway) a Siouan-speaking people who once occupied the land between the Mississippi and the Missouri rivers but were forced from the state with the arrival of nonresident tribes and Euroamerican settlers. On Oct. 17, 1837, a group of Ioway presented the United States Indian Commission in Washington D.C. with a remarkable document -- a map drawn with pen and ink (image, upper left)--supporting the Ioway's claim to a large tract of land, including all of the present state of Iowa. This historic document is on loan from the National Archives through Sunday, Oct. 21. Historic lithographs of Ioway leaders from the State Historical Society of Iowa, Iowa City, and artifacts from the Iowaville, an 18th century Ioway site In Van Buren County, will be on display through December.

--"Mapping Ioway Indian History," a lecture presented by William Green, director of the Logan Museum of Anthropology at Beloit College, WI, will take place Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. in Macbride Hall Auditorium, in the UI Museum of Natural History, Iowa City.

--An open house featuring Ioway and Oneota material culture, presented by John Cordell of the OSA, will take place Saturday, Oct. 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Office of the State Archaeologist, 700 Clinton St. Building, Iowa City.

--A tour to Iowaville, the Ioway site In Van Buren County, is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 14, departing at 9 a.m. from the Office of the State Archaeologist, 700 Clinton St. Building, Iowa City.

--A screening of "Lost Nation: The Ioway," followed by a question and answer session with producers Kelly and Tammy Rundle is set for Saturday, Oct. 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Macbride Hall Auditorium in the Museum of Natural History.

All events are free and open to the public.

More information regarding Iowa Archaeology Month 2007 is available at, including a complete schedule of events, information on Ioway history and culture, and a chapter and lesson plan for teachers.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Lynn M. Alex, Office of the State Archaeologist, 319-384-0561; Sarah Horgen, Museum of Natural History, 319-335-0606,; ; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,; Writer: Brittany Piehl