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GE-50836-14

Gilcrease Museum Management Trust (Tulsa, OK 74104-9700)
Eric Singleton (Project Director: August 2013 to October 2014)
Robert B. Pickering (Project Director: October 2014 to present)

The Spiro Mounds Exhibit

Planning for a traveling exhibition about Spiro Mounds, a major Mississippian archaeological site in Oklahoma significantly looted in the 1930s.

"The Spiro Mounds Exhibit," proposed by the Gilcrease Museum, brings together a host of national scholars and members of the Caddo and Wichita Nations to tell the story of one of America's most prominent urban centers predating European contact. Located in present-day Oklahoma, the Spiro site was one of North America's preeminent religious and cultural centers from 800-1450 CE. Understanding Spiro is the key to understanding the Mississippian cultures of the American southeast as well as their relationship with other cultures in the southwest and Mesoamerica. Although of very significant importance, this site is nearly unknown to the general public. Native Americans and an interdisciplinary group of humanities scholars from across the United States, brought together by this NEH planning grant, will develop the first major exhibition ever to explore the spiritual and cultural complexities represented at Spiro.

Project fields:
American Studies; Native American Studies

Program:
America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$27,052 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 4/30/2015