Flora and Fauna

Plants and animals are represented in all four Connected for Life collections, but in very different ways.  

Here we come together to show botanicals and still life in art and libraries, showcase deep knowledge of the natural world through archaeology, and look at what becomes of the hunt when we bring it home through the libraries. A thorough and diverse look at how we perceive flora and fauna. 

Images

University of Iowa Libraries “Flora and Fauna” Gallery

Office of the State Archaeologist “Flora and Fauna” Gallery

Stanley Museum of Art “Flora and Fauna” Gallery

Videos

Coming soon!

Other Media

Beyond Food

Explore OSA interactive website, “Beyond Food: Ancestral Native American Use of Deer and Bison.” This interactive website is part of OSA’s live virtual program for Senior Living Communities, but is available for all to explore. The website features photos of bone artifacts crafted from deer and bison skeletal elements.

Preview image for the Meskwaki Talking Papers interactive website.

The Meskwaki Talking Papers

Explore OSA interactive website, “The Meskwaki Talking Papers.” This interactive website is part of OSA’s live virtual program for Senior Living Communities, but is available for all to explore. The website features photos of objects from OSA’s collections that represent the animal pictured or are created from a bone element of that animal.

Virtual Programs

A presentation and Q&A with the Office of the State Archaeologist (60 min)

Hunting was a vital resource for Ancestral Native Americans. Besides essential nutrition, bison and deer provided raw materials for everything from tools and string to musical instruments and beautiful artwork. Archaeology provide a glimpse into the creative uses found for these creatures.

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A 60-min virtual gallery tour with the UI Libraries

A guided virtual tour of the latest exhibit on display at UI Libraries.

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A presentation and Q&A with the Office of the State Archaeologist (60 min)

Around 1830, Wacochaci, a important Meskwaki chief, created amazing pictographs on pen and paper that depict 100+ species of animals, birds and fish. View these pictographs and see archaeological artifacts that were created from or relate to species drawn by Wacochachi.

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A presentation and Q&A with the Pentacrest Museums (60 min)

Take a journey exploring the historic, cultural, symbolic, and ecological diversity of Trees! Root yourself in the wisdom and healing powers of trees found right in your backyard and at the University of Iowa campus as an official Arboretum! The Pentacrest Museums also offer a monthly outdoor Tree Walking Tour experience, learn more here.

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A presentation and Q&A with the Office of the State Archaeologist (60 min)

Archaeologists usually find animal bones that signify food resources or invaders of food stores, but sometimes we find evidence that tells us about special relationships between humans and animals. Domestic animals were companions, assisted with labor, and may have played symbolic roles in the spiritual and cultural lives of the site inhabitants. Here we examine artifacts at OSA that teach us about humans and their animals in Iowa’s past.

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A presentation and Q&A with the Stanley Museum of Art (60 min)

A discussion of the still life genre using examples from the Stanley Museum of Art collections.

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A presentation and Q&A with the UI Libraries (30 min)

A quick history of botanical books and illustrations.

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A presentation and Q&A with the UI Libraries (60 min)

A look at the Culinary Cookbook Collection in the UI Library’s Special Collections.

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