BORN OF GRANDMOTHER EARTH—A BLESSING OF THE MOUNDS
The North American Archaeological Institute and The Standing Bear Council invite the public to join in a celebration and blessing of the Indian Mounds at Indian Mounds Park on Saturday May 19th from 10AM to 5PM. The event is being held in conjunction with National Preservation Month and is free of charge.
Archaeological preservation work undertaken by Steve Tieken (NAAI), Dave Nolan (Illinois State Archaeological Survey) and numerous volunteers including Native Americans from nine different tribal affiliations, recently removed decades of dense overgrowth, uncovering some of the best examples of circular earthworks, flat top pyramid mounds and conical burial mounds found in the Midwest. Hidden within Quincy’s own, Indian Mounds Park, these rare jewels stand as a testament to the areas first architects and engineers, the ancient aboriginal builders.
The event will begin at 10 AM near the pool complex at mound 18 with dedicatory prayers and blessings, followed by a sacred pipe ceremony led by members of The Standing Bear Council.
11AM–12:30 PM An archaeological walking tour of the mounds will be conducted by Tieken and Nolan. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, as the tour will require moderate to slightly strenuous walking.
1–3:30 PM The Black Fox Singers (a traditional ‘southern style’ Native American drum and singing group) along with American Indian dancers will perform. This will be a great experience for people of all ages. Everyone is encouraged to bring his or her own lounge chair or seating.
4–5 PM A potluck dinner will be provided by local restaurants and volunteers.
Note: These mounds are considered sacred by Native American peoples of today. We ask that everyone in attendance conduct themselves with the utmost respect for their beliefs.
This event is made possible through funds provided by The Quincy Society of Fine Arts (Arts Dollars) and The Quincy Area Visitors and Convention Bureau.
Indian Mounds Park is located at 5th and Harrison Streets / Quincy, IL. Please park at the pool entrance or along 5th Street. For further info contact: Steve Tieken 217-228-1541
[posted March 27, 2012]