Cultural Continuation

The remarkable objects found at Spiro were produced by the ancestors of Caddo, Wichita, Pawnee, Osage, Lakota, Chickasaw, Cherokee, Muscogee, Choctaw, Potawatomi, Quapaw, Cheyenne, Seminole, and countless other Indigenous communities.

The extraordinary assemblage of objects, therefore, provides critical insight into the cosmology and culture of the ancient Mississippian people and their relationship to First American communities today from the American Southeast, Great Plains, Southwest, and possibly Mesoamerica. Many of the same images are seen in historic hide paintings, ledger drawings, tipi and shield covers, as well as 20th century artwork, such as paintings, sculpture, ceramics, basketry and weavings.

three-tier brown-ware compound bottle with incised line designs

three-tier brown-ware compound bottle with incised line designs

CADDO CREATION LEGEND

CADDO CREATION LEGEND

THE LIGHT WITHIN

THE LIGHT WITHIN

PRAYER FOR THE PEOPLE

PRAYER FOR THE PEOPLE

CRADLE OF LOVE

CRADLE OF LOVE

LONG-SHOT

LONG-SHOT

Basketry Mat

Basketry Mat

Double walled lidded basket

Double walled lidded basket

Basket/Tray with “Double Duck” pattern

Basket/Tray with “Double Duck” pattern

Incised jar with four story panels

Incised jar with four story panels

corn, hummingbird, hand with circles, and spider
Spiro Cup

Spiro Cup

Beaded bandolier bag

Beaded bandolier bag

Friendship Blanket

Friendship Blanket

Wyandot Reemergence

Wyandot Reemergence

River of Art

River of Art

Cloak of the Eagle

Cloak of the Eagle

Everything Belongs

Everything Belongs

Horse Tripod Vessel

Horse Tripod Vessel

Deé-Tumbah Kah’-Wis
Cosmic Twins

Cosmic Twins

Minko Regalia

Minko Regalia

Monolithic Axe

Monolithic Axe

P-i-ta-u-ni-wan’-ha—To have power
Untitled Drawing

Untitled Drawing

Cultural Legacy
“Village Scene”

“Village Scene”

Ceremonial Mace

Ceremonial Mace

Tah’-nah-ha—Buffalo
Otter Turban

Otter Turban

Panther Clan Regalia

Panther Clan Regalia

Peyote Rattle

Peyote Rattle

Pipe Bowl and Stem

Pipe Bowl and Stem

His Hair Flows Like a River

His Hair Flows Like a River

Dragon Fly Pot

Dragon Fly Pot

“Discovery of New World”

“Discovery of New World”

Everlasting Fire Plate

Everlasting Fire Plate

Bird Effigy Bowl

Bird Effigy Bowl

Double-walled basket with eye-dazzler pattern

Double-walled basket with eye-dazzler pattern