Spiro and the Native American Art of the Mississippian World

February 12, 2021 - May 9, 2021
1700 NE 63rd St
Oklahoma City, OK 73111

Discover 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 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum this spring. The first major museum exhibition on the Spiro Mounds of southeast Oklahoma, Spiro and the Art of the Mississippian World exhibition brings an archaeological find unmatched in modern times to Oklahoma City. The collection reunites extraordinary objects which haven’t been together since the site was both looted and archeologically excavated in the 1930s and 40s. Explore the religious and ceremonial activities, farming and hunting practices and daily life of the Spiro people. Learn how a “Little Ice Age” may have led to the site’s ultimate abandonment and what lessons may be learned as we face our own ecological changes today. The exhibition also showcases contemporary Indigenous art pieces that explore the ideas of origin and connect the art and artistry of the Spiro people to their modern descendants. More than a decade in the making, this 200-object exhibition with companion publication and symposium were 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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