Much of what is understood about the Spiro site comes only in bits and pieces. This site remains the location of one of the largest and longest episodes of looting at any American archaeological site in history. Spread across the world, many, if not most, of these items will likely never be returned. It is critical to discuss the legacy of Native peoples and connect it to present-day communities. Showcasing their artistic heritage and highlighting the continuity of cultural traditions also reinforces the United States’ greatest strength — its diversity. Highlighting diversity facilitates the introduction of new ideas and perspectives and bridges cultural differences that exist in a nation composed of a multiplicity of people from across the globe.
Moderator: Justin B. Giles, Staff Curator – Museum Management Program, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Scott Hammerstedt, Senior Researcher, Oklahoma Archeological Survey, University of Oklahoma
George Sabo, III, Director AR Archaeological Survey, Archeology Teaching & Research Faculty, University of Arkansas, Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, Anthropology
Tribal Representative: Tamara Francis, Chairman, Caddo Nation of Oklahoma
Tribal Representative TBA
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