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Millennia of Movement Exhibit
December 15, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - January 30, 2022 @ 5:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 12:00 pm, repeating until December 17, 2021
Join Moundville Archaeological Park’s celebration of Native American Heritage Month by visiting the Millennia of Movement exhibit from November 1st – December 17th, located at the Intercultural Diversity Center at the UA Student Center, Room 2100.
The exhibit explores the idea of movement in and on cultural landscapes, using ancient and contemporary Native American examples from the Southeast. This through-line from the past to the present will highlight the dynamic and enduring Native connection to vast natural landscapes. It will engage visitors by answering broad questions such as what types of things move and moved on these landscapes (objects, ideas, people) , how do/did they move on landscapes (water travel, roads/paths, oral communication), and why do/did they move in these ways (subsistence, power, religion, wealth, and most importantly, identity). It will highlight archaeologically identified examples of movement such as trade, exchange, and the movement of ideas through symbols we call iconography. It will also highlight contemporary Southeastern cultures, many displaced involuntarily during the Indian Removal period. Here, we will still focus on the persistence of identity and culture between tribes removed to Oklahoma and elsewhere, and those that remained in traditional regions. These include the Choctaw, Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Creek among others.
John Brown from the Muscogee Nation will also be in the Intercultural Diversity Center on November 1-3 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM to interpret the canoe and other items that he has made for the exhibit.