Category Archives: History

Video from: A Crossroads of Nations Talk, a Spirit and Place event at the Eiteljorg Museum

Video: The Power of Place: The Indigenous Peoples of Northeastern Illinois & The Fox River Valley” Lecture

The Power of Place: The Indigenous Peoples of Northeastern Illinois & The Fox River Valley” Lecture

“The Power of Place: The Indigenous Peoples of Northeastern Illinois; the Fox River Valley”; 11/15/18 at Aurora University (IL)

Lecture: John N. Low, PhD

Thursday, November 15, 2018, 7 p.m.

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Join Pokagon Potawatomi Indian John N. Low as he discusses the history of the use of a vast network of trails and portages in Northeastern Illinois between two great water systems: the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes.

Indigenous peoples had long settled in villages in what is now northeastern Illinois, prior to contact with Europeans.  Northeastern Illinois was one of the best places to portage between two great water systems: the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes. Native peoples could paddle to the St. Lawrence River or Allegheny River in the east, and on to the Atlantic Ocean or south to the Gulf of Mexico or to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in the west. Native Americans understood the importance of this geography and took advantage of this portage system to trade goods for hundreds of years before European settlers arrived. Today’s residents of Aurora and surrounding communities also know the richness of the soil and the resources that made the region a very special place to live.

Talk October 26th, 2018: “Race, Representation & Power: American Indian Sports Mascots”

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October 2018: Newark Earthworks Octagon Open House

Thank you to all of my students who joined me at the Open House today!

Octagon open house. 10.7.18

2018, October 7. OHC Flyer. Octagon Open House

WBEZ: Map Quest: Searching for Chicago’s ‘Lizard Mound’: An odd detail on a map suggests Chicago may have once been home to an ancient effigy mound.

Map Quest: Searching for Chicago’s ‘Lizard Mound’

Story at link above.

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Dilg’s map shows a lizard-shaped mound on the block bounded by Oakdale Avenue, Sheffield Avenue, Wellington Avenue, and Mildred Avenue (formerly “May Street”), oriented from north to south, in the western third of the block. (Courtesy Chicago History Museum, Charles A. Dilg collection)

Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology Occasional Papers

A Native’s Perspective on Trends in Contemporary Archaeology by John N. Low is available in the MCJA Occasional Paper Number 2 – Spring 2018

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You can download the pdf here:
Encounters, Exchange, Entanglements: Current Perspectives on Intercultural Interactions throughout the Western Great Lakes

I Will be Presenting at The 2018 TEDNA Regional Conference on Education Sovereignty and Data on April 11th, 2018

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The 2018 TEDNA Regional Conference on Education Sovereignty and Data

TEDNA 2018

 Description

The Tribal Education Departments National Assembly (TEDNA) through collaboration with the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi is hosting the 2018 TEDNA Regional Conference on Education Sovereignty and Data, will be held from April 10-11th, and on the 12th is the TEDNA Annual Board meeting and Michigan Tribal Education Directors meeting, at New Buffalo, Michigan. The conference is a unique chance to meet different leaders and practitioners in the field of education sovereignty focused on: data collection, implementation, and sharing innovative practices. All attendees will examine research and development of how Tribal Education Departments organize and analyze their education data. Our goal is that every attendee will walk away with policy insights, identification of critical challenges, and foster a solution-based collaboration to improve data quality and result in an increased capacity over tribal education data.

Date and Time

Tue, Apr 10, 2018, 8:00 AM –

Thu, Apr 12, 2018, 5:00 PM EDT

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Location

Silver Creek Event Center
Four Winds Casino Resort11111 Wilson Rd
New Buffalo, MI 49117

Cost

$25 – $450

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

The Power of Place The Potawatomi, Chicago and Wheaton: Friday, December 8th, 4:00 pm, Wheaton College

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Working Hard During National Native American Heritage Month

I had the honor to be the keynote speaker for National Native American Heritage Month celebrations at Wright State University, the Ohio National Guard, and Defiance College this month. At each venue I was impressed with the desire of the audiences to learn more about the indigenous peoples of the United States.

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I was also interviewed by Michigan Public Radio for their program “Stateside with Cynthia Canty.”  broadcast  in Ann Arbor (the statewide NPR affiliate). Stateside includes a  Michigan History Center (MHC) production of a weekly Michigan History segment. With November being Native American History month, the folks at the Michigan History Center and the station wanted to do a couple of history segments focusing on Native Michiganders. I joined Cynthia and the MHC’s Sandra Clark to discuss the story of Leopold Pokagon and how decisions he made in the 1800s still impact lives today. Here is a link to the program:

Leopold Pokagon: How a band of Potawatomi converted to Catholicism and avoided removal

I also had the opportunity to participate in the symposium “Collaborative Curation of North American Human Remains.” at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago this month. Participants included museum professional and tribal nation representatives, as well as those like myself who have written about and/or engaged in repatriation efforts. While it was obvious to me that there is much work to yet be done to get everyone on the same page, I was heartened by the sincere effort that everyone made to listen to the views and suggestions of others. Special thanks to Helen Robbins from the Field Museum for inviting me!

NU-NAISA commemorates the 153rd Sand Creek Massacre anniversary (Northwestern University)

NAISA commemorates the 153rd Sand Creek Massacre anniversary

Was an invited speaker to this amazing event. Story linked above.

Without Native Americans, Would We Have Chicago As We Know It? (WBEZ Story)

Without Native Americans, Would We Have Chicago As We Know It?

Names like DuSable, Marquette, and Joliet are cited in the history books. But it was Native Americans who first set the foundation for Chicago to develop into a major Midwestern metropolis.

I was recently interviewed for this great story (audio and text linked above) on Native contributions to the city of Chicago.

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Sustainable Wisdom: Integrating Indigenous Knowhow for Global Flourishing September 11-15, 2016 | University of Notre Dame

Sustainable Wisdom: Integrating Indigenous Knowhow for Global Flourishing

September 11-15, 2016 | University of Notre Dame

Sunday September 11 – 4:00-5:00

History of the Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi

by Dr. John Low

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Octagon Earthworks Open House, April 2016

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On April 17th, 2016 the Newark Earthworks Center (NEC) hosted an open house at the Octagon earthworks in Newark. About 15 folks from the student American Indian studies club (AISO), students from my classes, family and friends, along with many members of the community and guests joined us for one of several wonderful tours led by Dr. Richard Shiels -former head of the NEC and now emeritas in the Department of History here at OSU-Newark. The weather was most cooperative and the tour was very engaging. On Observatory Mound some of the students laid down tobacco in thanks to Nokmeskignan (Grandmother Earth).

Seminary Co-op Bookstore in Chicago and the Trickster Art Gallery in Schaumburg on Saturday, May 21, 2016

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John N. Low discusses Imprints: The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and the City of Chicago.

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Coming to Trickster May 21st, John N. Low will be reading from and discussing his recent book ‘Imprints: The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi & the City of Chicago’. 

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