74th Annual Meeting in Tusla, OK (2017)
Welcome to Tulsa!
For the first time ever, the Southeastern Archaeology Conference will be in Tulsa, Oklahoma on November 8-11 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Downtown Tulsa. Modern Tulsa is within the boundaries of the Creek, Osage, and Cherokee Nations but is surrounded by many of the Nations of the Southeastern Tribes and we are hoping for a greater attendance from those communities.
Situated in Green Country along the Arkansas River and Route 66, you will find Tulsa to be an international, diverse, musical city full of arts and history with a population of about 1,000,000 in the greater Tulsa region. The New York Times recently listed Tulsa as one of the 52 places to visit because of the Art Deco architecture, downtown revitalization, and museums such as the Woody Guthrie Center, Philbrook, and Gilcrease.
We are excited to be bringing SEAC to Tulsa, one of many Native American communities that were settled in what was Indian Territory in the nineteenth century. Tulsa is within the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and borders the Cherokee Nation. The name Tulsa is derived from the Creek word for Old Town, Talwa Hassee/Tallahasee/Tulsi.
Arrive early! We have a unique Opening Ceremony Wednesday night. The drum will be performed by Oliver Littlecook. Dancing will be with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Social Dancers, the Chickasaw Nation Dance Troupe, The Muscogee Creek Stomp Dancers, Ryan Mackey and the Squirrel Ridge Ceremonial Grounds, and the Littlecook Family. This will be a SEAC like no other!
More information and links to hotel registration can be found on the conference hotel page.
- Regular member: $100
- Student member: $60
- Tribal member: Free (with Tribally Issued Identification or CDIB card, required)
- Non-member: $130
- Student non-member: $65
Please see the registration page to sign up. Onsite registration will cost $20 more per category except for Tribal Members.
Opening Ceremony Wednesday Night
Given the location and the unique opportunity to participate with the Tribal Nations in Oklahoma, we are going to have an opening ceremony. There will be a drum and dancing from a variety of local tribes to participate with and begin our Southeastern Archaeological Conference. The drum will be performed by Oliver Littlecook. Dancing will be with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Social Dancers, the Chickasaw Nation Dance Troupe, The Muscogee Creek Stomp Dancers, Ryan Mackey and the Squirrel Ridge Ceremonial Grounds, and the Littlecook Family. 8:00 to 10:00 PM, Wednesday night. Free, no registration required.
Wednesday Night Bar Crawl
Native American Art Market
Thursday Night Reception
Workshop on Digitization
Native Artists Bring Past to Present: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives for Mississippian Culture Pottery at the Gilcrease Museum
In this informal, roundtable discussion we will describe and discuss a current project (funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services). We will present work that has been accomplished to image and catalogue 3,500 ceramic vessels from the Lemley collection and demonstrate a new Distance Cataloguing Interface that was created for experts to assist with cataloguing from any location. Dr. Ann Early, a participant in the project, has been reviewing the catalogue records and adding commentary that will be stored in the Gilcrease Museum database. Native Artists are cataloguing these same vessels in a different way by adding tags and search terms from the artist's perspective. Project participants, including Archeologist Dr. Ann Early, Osage Native Artist Anita Fields. Project Director Diana Folsom and Project Team Leader Jesse Nowak will describe challenges and accomplishments along with lessons learned, followed by a question and answer session. The workshop will be held at the Helmerich Center for American Research at the Gilcrease Museum. Friday from 11:00 to 1:00 PM. The cost is $20 and includes lunch and transportation.
SEAC Dance and Indie Rock!
Musically, the band fuses elements of math rock, indie pop, and shoe gaze. The band's rhythm section is heavily influenced by modern jazz-funk grooves and is grounded by two female lead singers with indie pop vocals and harmonies. Free.
Saturday Field Trips
Spiro Mounds Field Trip
Join us on Saturday for a guided tour of the Spiro Mounds Archaeological Park in Spiro, Oklahoma! We will depart from the hotel at 12:30 PM and travel by bus to the site, where you will receive a guided tour of the mounds from several Spiro researchers, including Jim Brown! Your fee covers the bus trip, park admission, and a boxed lunch to eat on the two-hour bus ride. We plan to return to the hotel by 6:30 PM on Saturday evening. Cost is $40/person. Space is limited, so reserve your spot now!
Saturday afternoon Stick Ball and Dinner at Ceremonial Grounds
Saturday afternoon, join the community of Tvlahassee Wvkokaye (Tullahassee Wakokai) for an afternoon of stick ball and traditional dinner on their ceremonial grounds. View the arbors, ceremonial grounds, stick ball field, and camps while being hosted by one of the many communities that maintains traditional ceremonies and descends from the historic southeastern native people. $25/person to cover the costs of food and preparation. Bus transportation is provided by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.