Returned Collection on Display in Michener

A pair of moccasins from the collection.

A new exhibit opening at 4 p.m. April 24 at the University of Northern Colorado will feature a portion of a returned collection of Native American artifacts, some believed to be from 2,000 years ago.

"Lost, Now Found: Plains Indian Artifacts from the Hewett Collection," on the first floor of Michener Library, is the first of many exhibits that will showcase Plains Indians artifacts that were once housed on campus. Moccasins, a beaded and porcupine-quilled pipe case, and a parfleche (also known as an Indian suitcase) will be among the first items on display.

Future exhibits will include a portion of more than 200 Southwest pots and basketry that were also returned from a collection held on loan at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center since 1983 when the anthropology museum in Candelaria Hall ceased operating.

Sean Clason, a senior history major who minors in anthropology, organized the exhibit as a part of a class project in Assistant Professor Andy Creekmore's Public Archaeology class. The collection is named after Edgar Lee Hewett, a faculty member in the 1890s and archaeologist who is believed to have excavated some of the artifacts. Students and faculty are researching the collection, including its origins.

The opening April 24 in the reference area on the first floor of Michener will include refreshments.