Exhibition Overview

A nearly forgotten people who created one of the most highly-developed civilizations in the Americas.

An archaeological find unmatched in modern times.

How did these incredible works of art and other treasures from all over North America end up hidden for hundreds of years, and why?

Spiro and the Art of the Mississippian World seeks to answer these questions and more in the first major museum exhibition on the Spiro Mounds of southeast Oklahoma. It reunites extraordinary objects which haven’t been together since the site was both looted and archeologically excavated in the 1930s and 40s.

Explore the religious and ceremonial activities, farming and hunting practices and daily life of the Spiro people. Learn how a “Little Ice Age” may have led to the site’s ultimate abandonment and what lessons may be learned as we face our own ecological changes today. The exhibition also showcases contemporary Indigenous art pieces that explore the ideas of origin and connect the art and artistry of the Spiro people to their modern descendants.

More than a decade in the making, this 200-object exhibition with companion publication and symposium were developed in collaboration with the Caddo Nation, the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, and scholars from over a dozen universities and museums from across the United States.

Events & Programming

Spiro and the Art of the Mississippian World Teacher Workshop – Elementary

Spiro and the Art of the Mississippian World Teacher Workshop – Elementary

February 15, 2021 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

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Read the West Book Club: Looting Spiro Mounds: An American King Tut’s Tomb

Read the West Book Club: Looting Spiro Mounds: An American King Tut’s Tomb

February 21, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

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Spiro and the Art of the Mississippian World Teacher Workshop – Secondary

Spiro and the Art of the Mississippian World Teacher Workshop – Secondary

February 23, 2021 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

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