Anthropology Day 2020

Thursday, February 20, 2020
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Celebrate World Anthropology Day with the faculty and staff of the Anthropology Department!

Department Celebration with food and Prizes

10 a.m.–2 p.m. in Trafton North 359.
Stop in to for popcorn, cake and refreshments, visit with faculty and enter to win prizes.

Anthropology Open House

3 p.m.–5 p.m., Trafton Science Center North 362B
Join us for an open Anthropology open house prior to the presentation by Jim Cummings.

Special Presentation by Jim Cummings

5 p.m. in the Heritage Room, Centennial Student Union
Life in the Center: Archaeology of the Mille Lacs Region

jim-cummings-presentationOn July 2, 1679, Daniel Greysolon, Seiur Duluth wrote of planting the flag of King Louis XIV at a large village where the Rum River flows out of Mille Lacs Lake. The following year, Father Louis Hennepin wrote extensively of the area and his Mdewakanton Dakota hosts during a six-month stay at Mille Lacs. Since these early written accounts, archaeologists have investigated the region in an effort to understand the significance of human interaction with this landscape within the framework of our nation’s heritage.

This presentation will explore the archaeology and prehistory of the Mille Lacs Lake area, including its unique geographic setting, early archaeological investigations, continuing research, and the present-day interaction of archaeological inquiry and traditional Native American heritage preservation research and practice.

Jim Cummings-2.jpgJim Cummings is an archaeologist and principal investigator with McFarlane Consulting, based in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is also the consulting archaeologist for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Tribal Historic Preservation Office. Cummings received a bachelor’s degree from Mankato State University (now Minnesota State University, Mankato) and a master’s degree in archaeology and cultural resource management from St. Cloud State University. He served as a museum director in Pipestone, Minnesota and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as a naturalist and archaeologist for Minnesota State Parks, and recently as principal investigator for the Tribal Cultural Survey of the proposed replacement of the Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline.

These events are free and open to the public.

Individuals with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the Department of Anthropology at 507-389-6318 (V) or 711 (MRS/TTY) at least 5 days prior to the event. 


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