Libraries Provide Resources on Arkansas Indigenous Peoples' Lived Experiences

A photo of the Native American History Month book display in Mullins Library.
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A photo of the Native American History Month book display in Mullins Library.

To celebrate Native American Heritage Month, the Libraries encourage campus to reflect on Arkansas land acknowledgements and the lived experiences of the indigenous peoples of Arkansas. Libraries personnel have worked this month on providing access to related print and digital materials. 

Laura Cameron, education librarian, has created a display of printed materials and a virtual exhibit from the children's literature collection. The display is located in the northwest corner of Mullins Library's main floor and includes titles such as We Are Water Protectors, Wilma's Way Home, Who Was Sitting Bull? and others. 

Lynaire Hartsell, user experience coordinator, has created another display of books from the diversity collection with titles including After the Trail of Tears, Osage Indian: Customs and Myths, Two Caddo Mound Sites in Arkansas and Cherokee Tragedy

The Colonial Arkansas Post Ancestry digital collection offers "remarkable genealogical and ancestral work related to Colonial Arkansas conducted by Dorothy Core from the early 1960s to the mid-1990s." Several examples of primary resources within the collection include two Newspaper Articles on Quapaw Indians, an Arkansas History Timeline from 1541-1964, the Velma Nieberding and Dorothy Jones Core letter which provides a glimpse into French and Quapaw familial relations, notes on Saracen - Quapaw Tribal Chief and the Quapaw Treaty of 1824

The Libraries also offer access to materials related to the Osage, Caddo, Quapaw, Cherokee, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek), Chickasaw and Seminole nations. 

Contacts

Martha A. Anderson, chair, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
University Libraries
479-575-2032, map012@uark.edu

Kelsey Lovewell Lippard, director of public relations
University Libraries
479-575-7311, klovewel@uark.edu

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