The Cahokia Mounds Museum Society (CMMS) is looking to you for a Spring-time photo of the site to use as a cover photo for the next issue of the quarterly newsletter the Cahokian. Photos can be from any year as long as you are the photographer. A first-place winner and honorable mention will be selected. First place will have their photo as the cover of the Cahokian and will receive a $50 gift certificate for the online gift shop. Honorable mention will have their photo featured inside the Cahokian and will receive a $25 gift certificate to the online gift shop. The Spring issue of the Cahokian is anticipated to be in homes by April 1, 2023.
The First Nations women’s a cappella group Ulali will perform in Collinsville on March 24, 2018 at 6:30 pm. This performance will take place at the Collinsville High School Auditorium and is made possible by a grant from the Employee Community Fund of Boeing and the Cahokia Mounds Museum Society. Ulali is a First Nations women’s a cappella group whose sound encompasses an array of Indigenous music including Southeast United States choral singing and pre-Columbian music. Their performance addresses Native American struggles as well as accomplishments. Ulali has traveled throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad performing at venues like Woodstock 94, the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, and the 1997 Smithsonian’s Folkways 50th Anniversary Gala at Carnegie Hall. They were awarded the “Eagle Spirit Award” while attending the 25th Annual American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco, CA in 2000 and were each one of several winners of the “Native American Women’s Recognition Award” presented by the Friends of Ganondagan in Rochester, New York. Their video, “Follow Your Heart’s Desire” won “Best Music Video” at The American Indian Film Institute Awards. This will be an unforgettable event. Tickets are $20 or $18 for Society members. Tickets can be purchased on line at Eventbrite.com or by calling 618-344-7316.
Cahokia Mounds Museum Society is happy to announce that we have compiled a MEMBER-ONLY trip to Ohio. The Ancient Ohio Excursion will take place September 2-3, 2017. The Bus trip will leave Cahokia Mounds at 7 am on the 2nd for The Great Serpent Mound Ohio. That evening we will attend a live action, outdoor drama titled TECUMSEH! On the 3rd will go to the Hopewell Culture National Historic Park for a private tour before traveling to Seip Earthworks. The trip is scheduled to return to Cahokia Mounds at about 7:45 pm on the 3rd. Cahokia Mounds Museum Society will provide a complimentary dinner buffet at the live drama show as our gift to you. The registration fee includes: travel, accommodations, drinks and snacks on the bus, 2 boxed lunches, and all admission fees. The price for single occupancy is $257 and for double occupancy it is $374. To register, you must be a member and call 618-344-7316 to book your spot!
If you are not currently a member, you can join during July and be entered into a drawing for one free seat on the excursion!
The Mississippian Conference, held in the auditorium on July 30 from 8:30 – 4:00, is now full. There will be 18 presentations and several poster presentations that focus on recent research relating to Mississippian culture or Cahokia Mounds.
Newly added presenters include:
James Brown, Northwestern University, Emeritus, Archaeological Fact and Fiction about the Osage
Duane Esarey, Illinois State Archaeological Survey, Untangling the Piasa’s Tale: A revision of Payiihsa Symbolism
Russell Weisman, Missouri Department of Transportation, The Redhorn Panel at Picture Cave: A Solar Eclipse Allegory
Scott Hipskind and Jeremy Wilson, University of Indiana-Purdue University – Indianapolis, The Walsh Site and the Central Illinois River Valley: A Century of Speculation on Mississippian Occupation Tested by Geophysical Prospection
Bob Dymek and John Kelly, Washington University, On the Source of Basaltic Materials Found in the Cahokia Region
John Kelly, Washington University, Corin Pursell, Washington University, Grant Stauffer, Washington University, and Imma Valese, University of Bologna, Contextualizing the Ongoing Excavations at Cahokia: 2015-2016
John Kelly has been added to the lineup of presenters with his presentation Contextualizing the Ongoing Excavations at Cahokia 2015-2016.