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National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum (Oklahoma City, OK 73111-7906)
Eric Singleton (Project Director: August 2019 to present)
Spiro and the Art of the Mississippian World

Implementation of a traveling exhibition on the artifacts discovered at Spiro Mounds and the history and people of the Mississippian world.

The goal of exhibition is to share the history of the Spiro culture from its humble beginnings to its rise as one of the premier cultural sites in all of North America. The Spiro people, and their Mississippian peers, are nearly forgotten in the pages of North American history, yet they created one of the most exceptional societies in all of the Americas. This exhibition explores the archaeological and historical data connecting the Spiro site to other communities throughout North and Central America, discusses the Spiroan community and religious activities, and highlights the enduring legacy of Native Americans today who are descended from Mississippian cultural groups. This 200-object exhibition will include a publication, symposium, and website, all of which was 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.

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Project fields:
Native American Studies; U.S. History

Exhibitions: Implementation

Public Programs

$400,000 (approved)
$400,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2020 – 8/31/2022