Mounds, the Homelands, and Oklahoma: Scenic Tour

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Ancient mound civilizations built enormous earth works across southeastern North America. Tribes emerged from these chiefdoms. Most Chickasaws settled in northeastern Mississippi, but our domain included western Kentucky and Tennessee and northwest Alabama. Having ceded much land and forced from our homelands, we made our new home in Indian Territory, which became Oklahoma.


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Prehistoric Eras: The Evolution to Mound Builders

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LaDonna Brown explains the archaeological progression from the earliest known event: the migration of Indians to North America from Asia.

Emerald Mound and Others in Our Homelands

LaDonna Brown
LaDonna surveys other mounds from the Woodland and Mississippian period.

Spiro Mounds: Trade Center for the Continent

LaDonna Brown
LaDonna Brown notes that Spiro Mounds, located in eastern Oklahoma, is the trade center between the Southeast and the Southwest.

The Chickasaw Migration Story

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To find their homeland, the Chickasaws and Choctaws migrated across the continent. They prayed each night for direction.

Pinson Mounds Aerial Tour, Tennessee

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Located in what was once Chickasaw land, Pinson Mounds features at least 15 earthen mounds, in an area that encompasses almost 1,200 acres.

Chickasaw Cultural Center: Spirit Pole and the Council Fire

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Wendy St. Jean reflects on the spirit pole and council fire at the Chickasaw Cultural Center.

Bill Bomar: Mounds at the Moundville Site

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Bill Bomar, Moundville Archaeological Park Director, explains the importance of experiencing the mounds themselves.

Oklahoma: Scenic Tour

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Oklahoma became home to the Chickasaws after Removal.