Spiro Mounds site to host autumnal equinox walks on Sept. 22

BY STAFF REPORTS
09/09/2020 01:30 PM
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The Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center is the only prehistoric Native American site open to the public in Oklahoma
SPIRO – The Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center will host Autumnal Equinox Walks on Sept. 22.

As the end of summer nears and crops are ready for harvest, the time of the year arrives for the most important of ceremonies for the eastern Native Americans – the Busk or Green Corn Ceremony. The Green Corn Ceremony was a harvest and renewal ceremony that took place around the autumnal equinox in the Spiro area. There will be three walks beginning at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. led by archaeologist and Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center Manager Dennis Peterson. Each walk will take about two hours and require a mile of easy walking. Peterson will tell about the prehistoric mound site, the types of mounds, why they were created and why some of the mounds are lined up for the solstice and equinox sunsets. He also will discuss the history of the excavations, Native American ceremonies, stories of the unusual happenings associated with the mounds and will answer questions.

There is a small fee for this series of tours of $5 for adults and $3 for children in addition to the regular daily admission fee. Oklahoma Historical Society members do not pay the daily admission fee. No reservations are required, except for large groups. Visitors should use cash or checks for fees. Credit cards are not accepted.

The Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center is the only prehistoric Native American site open to the public in Oklahoma and is administered by the OHS. The center is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday. Daily admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for children older than six and $18 for a family.

The center is located 3 miles east of Spiro on Highway 9/271 and 4 miles north on Lock and Dam Road. For information or to schedule a group or school tour, call 918-962-2062 or email spiro@okhistory.org.

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