Cherokee Nation to host history talk over Ancient Native Society

April 18, 2012
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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation will be hosting a history talk on Friday, May 4, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, about the Cahokia Mounds, an ancient native mound city on the Mississippi River. The talk will take place in the Tribal Council Chambers at the tribe’s main complex in Tahlequah, 17675 S. Muskogee Ave.

“Cahokia; Indigenous City on the Mississippi River” will be presented by Rowena McClinton, a historical studies professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. McClinton is an acknowledged expert on the Cahokia Mounds and Cherokee history. She is editor of the two-volume work, “The Moravian Springplace Mission to the Cherokees,” and is currently editing part of the “Payne-Butrick Papers.” In addition to her books, McClinton has written several academic articles and book reviews.

During the presentation, McClinton will discuss the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Collinsville, Ill. and how the mound city evolved into a sophisticated prehistoric native civilization beginning in A.D. 700. McClinton will also discuss ancient Cherokee society in their southeastern homeland and the preservation of cultural customs before the Trail of Tears.

“[McClinton] is an expert on Mississippian-era mounds and she is also quite active in Cherokee history,” said Cherokee Nation History and Cultural Curriculum Specialist Cathy Monholland. “Her talk will give audience members a great deal of information on the Cherokees mound background.”

The talk is tied in with an upcoming tour of the mounds that Cherokee Nation is hosting from May 31 to June 3, 2012. Cost for the trip for a double occupancy hotel room is $329.31 or for a single occupancy hotel room is $499.28. The cost includes all transportation, hotel accommodations, entrance fees to all attractions and one lunch. The tour will also visit the Basilica St. Louis, the St. Louis Art Museum, the St. Louis Arch and the Westward Expansion Museum. Seats are still available for that trip.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information about Cherokee Nation History Talks or about the upcoming trip to Cahokia Mounds, please contact Monholland at 918-453-5389.
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