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March 2021

Brown Bag Lunch Series: Spiro and its Rock Art Connections

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Take a break from your day and enjoy a series of virtual presentations over the lunch hour, Thursdays, March 4 – May 6. Hear subject experts discuss various topics related to the National Cowboy Museum Exhibition Spiro and the Art of the Mississippian World. Images found in the art of Spiro Mounds is also seen in the rock art of Missouri. In this presentation, Dr. Carol Diaz-Granados, Archaeologist and Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology, Washington University, compares the…

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Spring Break Drop-In Activities: Constructing Home

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Spiro Mounds afforded researchers a treasure trove of Mississippian material culture. It was full of pottery, woven textiles, incised shells, beaded clothing and many more examples of Native art and craftsmanship. During Spring Break try your hand at similar crafts. Drop by and participate in family-friendly activities and create a different make-and-take craft each day. No reservations required. Activities are available while supplies last. Free for Museum members or with Museum admission. There are many different kinds of homes. In…

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Spring Break Drop-In Activities: Figurative Clay

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Spiro Mounds afforded researchers a treasure trove of Mississippian material culture. It was full of pottery, woven textiles, incised shells, beaded clothing and many more examples of Native art and craftsmanship. During Spring Break try your hand at similar crafts. Drop by and participate in family-friendly activities and create a different make-and-take craft each day. No reservations required. Activities are available while supplies last. Free for Museum members or with Museum admission. In the Spiro and the Art of the…

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Spring Break Drop-In Activities: Twining

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Spiro Mounds afforded researchers a treasure trove of Mississippian material culture. It was full of pottery, woven textiles, incised shells, beaded clothing and many more examples of Native art and craftsmanship. During Spring Break try your hand at similar crafts. Drop by and participate in family-friendly activities and create a different make-and-take craft each day. No reservations required. Activities are available while supplies last. Free for Museum members or with Museum admission. The art of twining is an old style…

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Spring Break Drop-In Activities: Scratch Art Gorgets

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Spiro Mounds afforded researchers a treasure trove of Mississippian material culture. It was full of pottery, woven textiles, incised shells, beaded clothing and many more examples of Native art and craftsmanship. During Spring Break try your hand at similar crafts. Drop by and participate in family-friendly activities and create a different make-and-take craft each day. No reservations required. Activities are available while supplies last. Free for Museum members or with Museum admission. Shell gorgets are a Native American art form…

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: The Ouachita Connection: Novaculite Arrow Points at Spiro

Take a break from your day and enjoy a series of virtual presentations over the lunch hour, Thursdays, March 4 – May 6. Hear subject experts discuss various topics related to the National Cowboy Museum Exhibition, Spiro and the Art of the Mississippian World. Objects placed in the Craig Mound at Spiro represented material ties to the wider social and sacred worlds of the 15th century American Southeast. Most of the arrow points can be sourced to the Ozark Mountains…

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Spring Break Drop-In Activities: Paper Plate Weaving

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Spiro Mounds afforded researchers a treasure trove of Mississippian material culture. It was full of pottery, woven textiles, incised shells, beaded clothing and many more examples of Native art and craftsmanship. During Spring Break try your hand at similar crafts. Drop by and participate in family-friendly activities and create a different make-and-take craft each day. No reservations required. Activities are available while supplies last. Free for Museum members or with Museum admission. Many of the baskets you see in the…

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Adventures of the Mound Boys: The Looting of Craig Mound and WPA Archaeology at Spiro

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Take a break from your day and enjoy a series of virtual presentations over the lunch hour, Thursdays, March 4 – May 6. Hear subject experts discuss various topics related to the National Cowboy Museum Exhibition Spiro and the Art of the Mississippian World. In 1935, a group of hard-up treasure hunters known as the Pocola Mining Company started an organized campaign to loot the Craig Mound at the Spiro site and sell off the spoils. The looters unwittingly stumbled…

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April 2021

Brown Bag Lunch Series: The Spirit Lodge — Spiro’s Claim to Distinction in Ancient History

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Take a break from your day and enjoy a series of virtual presentations over the lunch hour, Thursdays, March 4 – May 6. Hear subject experts discuss various topics related to the National Cowboy Museum Exhibition Spiro and the Art of the Mississippian World. The fabled “hollow chamber” contained a spiritually charged construction called the Spirit Lodge. It occupied the heart of the main cone of Spiro's Craig Mound. The story of the discovery of this unique building and its…

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Mississippian Magical Theatrics at Spiro

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Take a break from your day and enjoy a series of virtual presentations over the lunch hour, Thursdays, March 4 – May 6. Hear subject experts discuss various topics related to the National Cowboy Museum Exhibition Spiro and the Art of the Mississippian World. Mississippian visitors to Spiro arrived from various areas of the Midwest and Southeast over some three centuries, carting with them sacred objects and treasures. These ritual practitioners left various forms of exotic weaponry whose purpose has…

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