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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)

The Peace Tree Ceremony will be in the GLUCK THEATER, Mountainlair, due to rain forecast. Please join us:

Thurs., Sept. 26,

11:30 a.m. 

evening public lecture:
"The Seneca & the Great Law of Peace" at 7:00 p.m., Gluck Theater 

 Jamie Jacobs 2019 peace tree

Mr. Jamie Jacobs, Turtle Clan, Tonawanda Seneca, a descendant of historic Seneca leaders, serves his community as a ceremonial custodian, language instructor at Tonawanda Nation School, and cultural educator. In addition, he works for the Rochester (New York) Museum and Science Center, Rock Foundation. His numerous efforts support the preservation of Seneca culture, language, and traditions.

Mr. Jacobs will preside at the 2019 annual WVU Peace Tree Ceremony Thursday, Sept. 26 at 11:30 a.m., telling the story of the coming of the Peacemaker, who brought about the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy.

The Peace Tree is located between Martin Hall & E. Moore Hall. Rain location: Gluck Theater, Mountainlair Student Union.

Mr. Jacobs’s public lecture, ”The Seneca and the Great Law of Peace" is at 7:00 p.m. in the Gluck Theater, Mountainlair Student Union. A welcome reception begins in the theater foyer at 6:30pm.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Blaine Tallchief 2019 Peace Tree

Mr. Blaine Tallchief, Seneca Faithkeeper

and member of both the Newtown and Coldspring Longhouse, will perform traditional Seneca music and offer an invocation as part of the Peace Tree ceremony and public lecture. Originally from the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, Mr. Tallchief and his family live on the Allegany reservation.

“Canaan,” a red-tailed hawk, will be presented courtesy of the the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia.

Canaan, Red Tailed Hawk 2019 PEACE TREE guest


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