School of Arts & Sciences University of Pennsylvania

Projects

Traditional Medicine

This digital exhibit entitled “Exploring Traditional Medicine through Ojibwe Indigenous Perspective: A Case Study” is created by Sheyla P. Medina, a 2010 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health and Societies under the supervision of Dr. Timothy B. Powell, a faculty member in Penn's Religious Studies Department.

The Last Battle at Sugar Point

This interactive exhibit will explore the last battle of the “Indian Wars,” which took place on the Leech Lake Ojibwe Indian reservation in northern Minnesota at the end of the 19th century. 

Two histories: one based on newspaper accounts of the time, the other recounted by the descendents of the Ojibwe who defeated the U.S. Army.  By adding the oral histories a little known historical fact reveals itself: The indians won the last battle of the Indian Wars!

The History of the Water

This exhibit explores the often neglected history of the water and the land. 

Cherokee Stickball

This exhibit explores the meanings of anetso or Cherokee stick ball and its legacy at Penn as manifest in the contemporary game of lacrosse.

Health Care Sensitivity Training 

This exhibit aims to introduce the traditional health care practices of the Ojibwe tribe.  Through digitial technology, health care providers are able to learn about Ojibwe beliefs directly from the Ojibwe themselves.  

Anishinaabemowin & Cultural Identity  

   This exhibition presents Anishinaabemowin, the Ojibwe language, as a fundamental aspect of cultural identity primarily through its use in the Oral Tradition. It explores efforts undertaken to preserve the language and presents digital media as a potential tool in achieving two of the major goals in these efforts: ensuring its sheer existence and revitalizing its practical relevance.    

William Berens

This exhibit is dedicated to exploring the question of how to make the Native American collection at the American Philosophical Society "come alive" by working in partnership with American Indian communities. 

A. Irving Hallowell: Two Views of an Ojibwe Drum

Our goal was to bring together the A. Irving Hallowell collections at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and at the American Philosophical Society and to digitally repatriate these materials to the Anishinaabe or Ojibwe First Nations of the Berens River region in north central Canada.

Ben Fletcher's Project

This project was designed by Benjamin Fletcher (Penn 2009) for his Penn Humanities Forum Mellon Foundation Fellowship. Larry Aitkens, an Ojibwe elder and the tribal historian of the Leech Lake Band from Minnesota, discusses the social and spiritual importance of birch bark to the Ojibwe or Anishinaaabe.