WICKLIFFE — In recognition of Native American Heritage Month in November, Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site has acquired a temporary exhibit from the Kentucky Historical Society called, "Of Father Sky and Mother Earth: Early Southeastern Indian Art and Culture."
The exhibit, which will be displayed through October, consists of poster panels interpreting the many aspects of Native American art and culture in the southeastern United States. Photographs of prehistoric artifacts of the southeastern Native Americans and images created by the first Europeans to encounter them illustrate the history and customs of the period.
Informative labels explain the archaeological evidence that reflects the aspects of everyday life, from food and clothing to leisure activities and religion. In the 1500s, Spanish explorers in the interior southeast of North America found agricultural villages clustered around massive earthen mounds and sophisticated economic and religious systems. The villages are now gone, yet some of the mounds and artifacts still remain, as do modern-day descendants.