Flintknapping at the Cherokee Heritage Center, Tahlequah.

Literature and Plants of the Cherokee Landscape (LAND 4440/6440; ENGL 4860)

At the urging of several graduate students, CED associate professor Alfie Vick began offering a maymester field course titled The Plant Communities of the Cherokee Landscape.  With support and guidance from Jace Weaver and the Institute of Native American Studies the maymester course quickly evolved into a diverse collection of teaching, research and outreach activities that continue to grow today.  For more information see Literature and Plants of the Cherokee Landscape.

The course has added an exciting new layer by incorporating Cherokee literature into the experience.  UGA assistant professor Channette Romero, a scholar of native literature, and Alfie Vick received an Innovation in the Franklin Multicultural Curriculum grant to develop this new interdisciplinary course.  Through discussions of Cherokee literature, direct experience of the Cherokee landscape and interaction with the community, and students’ own writing and sketching we will reflect on the meaning of place and the experience of being uprooted from one’s place.  Lessons of adaptation and identity are important for us all.


Jace and Alfie in Oklahoma.


Archaeology student holding arrowhead and shovelThe Anthropology school is proud to offer summer field schools. The field school in archaeology provides undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to participate in an archaeological research project. Students are introduced to the methods of archaeological survey, excavation, data and materials recovery, recording and processing of data, and the interpretation and preservation of results. Our field schools involve students in all phases of investigation, including survey, test unit excavations, and large-scale data recovery.  For more information see Archaeology Field School