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Film Premiere: First Language—The Race to Save Cherokee
November 12, 1–2:30 p.m. University Theater 
Neal Hutcheson and Danica Cullinan, Filmmakers, and Walt Wolfram, Coauthor, Talkin’ Tar Heel, and NCSU Linguistics Professor
A production of the North Carolina Language and Life Project (NCLLP), First Language documents the measures being taken to reestablish Cherokee as a native language. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmakers, Wolfram, and members of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation. 

On November 1, the football program will recognize the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians and the significant cultural contributions of the Eastern Band to our WCU community and to the regional community. WCU Cherokee Language Program has translated player and staff roster into Cherokee syllabary.  The players will be wearing a special logo on their helmets designed by artist, WCU student, and Eastern Band member Jakeli Swimmer.  WCU will recognize EBCI WCU alumnae during the game.  The November 1 game begins our Native American Heritage Month activities.  More information soon to come on Native American Heritage Month activities.

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Sequoyah (Sigwoya) Order

October 23, 2014
Dr. Hartwell Francis presents "Two Hundred Years of Cherokee Literacy" at the Asheville Museum

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Aaron Marshall at the Team Rubicon Summit

October 17-18
Anthropology students and faculty presented at the Reconstructive and Experimental Archaeological Conference

OVER FALL BREAK 2014, Aaron Marshall, a sociology major who is graduating in December, attended a summit in Washington on the Ebola virus disease with Team Rubicon and a number of organizations involved in humanitarian assistance, crisis response, and disaster relief. more

OVER FALL BREAK 2014, Jim Veteto received a special invitation to attend the Mountain Social Ecological Observatory Network (MtnSEON) meeting over the fall break in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.  more

SPRING 2014 Southern Appalachian Culture (ANTH 417) course created a website to show the historical and cultural significance of the WNC national register, which offers a list of significant locations to promote cultural heritage tourism in WNC. 

DEPARTMENT BROWN BAG SERIES 2014-2015 Anthropology and Sociology are again presenting their research in a series of Brown Bags. Schedule to be announced.

Sociologists in the News

DR. MARILYN CHAMBERLIN on reestablishing a domestic violence agency in Jackson County. 

DR. PETER NIECKARZ on the local breweries "Opportunities to establish, maintain and foster social ties,"

 DR. MARILYN CHAMBERLIN on motherhood and working

Anthropologists in the News


JAMES VETETO on Reviving folk Agriculture   

WCU ANTHROPOLOGY MAJOR ELIZABETH PRATT working at an archaeology field school in Italy last summer excavating an Etruscan site.

DR. JANE EASTMAN and FREEMAN OWLE on the legend of the Cherokee "Little People" 


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