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Why minor in Native American Studies?

WVU Native American Studies minors have applied their NAS education in a variety of successful professional roles, serving as educators, artists, researchers, interpreters at historical sites, engineers, legal consultants, in health care, and other meaningful careers. 

The Medicine Wheel

Medicine Wheel

The iconic NAS medicine wheel was designed by the late WVU Professor Emeritus Urban Couch (of Cherokee descent), a longstanding member of the NAS Committee.

The four points of the medicine wheel represent the cardinal directions and the four Great Powers of the wheel; the wheel represents universal harmony.

Professor Couch, former Chair of WVU’s Division of Art, was an award-winning visual artist, curator, and educator.


Intro to Native American Studies
(on campus and online)

In June, NAS partnered with West Virginia 4-H to teach hundreds of eager summer camp youth about Eastern Woodland Indian traditions.

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A Kanawha County camper was intrigued with this replica of a fossilized Ice Age sloth claw and the kinds of hunting tools early hunters used. The original fossil was found in Organ Cave, Greenbrier County and became part of Thomas Jefferson's collection.

Dr. John Joseph Candillo, a Native American material culture expert, presented in Roane, Braxton, Kanawha, Mason, Cabell, and Wayne Counties. The programming was funded in part with a WVU Native American Studies Program grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council.

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A 4-H archer at the Braxton County presentation learned about the Cherokee long bow--challenging to operate compared to her modern compound bow!

Roane County youth at camp

More than 150 youth attending the Roane County 4-H summer camp took part in Dr. Candillo's Eastern Woodland Traditions presentation.

This project was presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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