The Longyear Museum at Colgate is a teaching collection of archaeological and ethnographic materials from Africa, Oceania, Native North America, and the Pre-Columbian cultures of North, Central, and South America. The museum is located on the second floor of Alumni Hall (campus map
), and admission is free. Learn more about the Longyear Museum of Anthropology. Undergraduate student research
is a prominent component of many Colgate students' educations. Fellowships are available during the summer months through the auspices of the divisions of humanities, social sciences, and university studies. As a Native American studies student, you can apply for fellowships in one or more of these divisions, depending on the research topic. Each fellowship normally supports eight to ten weeks of research on campus. Research topics may be generated by faculty members or they may be based on students' individual interests (though faculty sponsorship is required). Learn more about summer research fellowships
Native American students and those in the Native American Studies program are eligible for a one-week paid assistantship serving as mentors and guides in this community outreach program that invites Native American students from area middle schools and high schools to the Colgate campus for a one-week program of classes taught by Colgate faculty and visiting Iroquois specialists.
The program, presently organized with the assistance of the Title IX coordinator in the Syracuse school district and the North American Indian Project (NAIP), is designed to acquaint youths with college life and expand their future goals to include attending college. Contact the department for more information.
Colgate is set among the historic lands of the Iroquois or Haudenosaunee (People of the Longhouse), one of the most powerful and famous confederacies of American Indians. These peoples — the Senecas, Cayugas, Onondagas, Oneidas, Mohawks, and Tuscaroras — live on seven different reservations throughout New York state; several other reservations are located just beyond the borders in Quebec and Ontario.
This on-campus study group of four varied yet complementary courses about the Iroquois goes off campus to observe and participate in festivals and social celebrations, and to meet with such prominent figures as clan mothers, artists, museum administrators, environmentalists, NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act) committee members, and faithkeepers.
Throughout the semester, Native American studies programming fosters Iroquois presence on campus. The Longyear Museum
hosts an exhibition of Iroquois art. Iroquois speakers visit classes and speak in public forums.