Natchez PowWow

We spent a great day learning some Mississippi history and attending the Natchez PowWow.

I never really liked history when I was in school. My goal is to make history more than just memorizing dates and people but bringing it to life. Our field trip included some Mississippi history, U.S. history, American Indian history, and much more.

Emerald Mounds is one of the largest Indian mounds in the country. It is located just a short ride outside Natchez, MS.

Emerald Mound was actually several mounds that were built on top of each other. Here we are on the large, flat-topped mound that held several smaller mounds. While many Indian mounds were used strictly for burial, the Natchez Indians actually lived on top of these mounds.

Middle Sis celebrating her race to the top.

Middle Sis and Little Sis trying to decide if they want to roll down the bottom mound. Fortunately, they make the correct decision and decided not to 🙂

A view from the top of the smaller mound…

We made a pit stop along the road to read this sign. Natchez Trace Parkway is now in the same place as the Old Natchez Trace which was a road for horse-drawn carriages to travel from Natchez to Nashville, TN.

While in Natchez, we stopped at our tour guide (and sweet friend”s) favorite BBQ place. Give it a try if you are ever in the area.

We did drive around to see a few of the antebellum homes. We will have to take another road trip to actually visit any of them. They are beautiful – but that wasn”t the purpose of our trip. We were headed to the Natchez PowWow!!!

I love the generations keeping these traditions alive – grandfather, fathers, and children! All determined to remember the history that makes them who they are.  Many of the tribes were from Oklahoma and Texas. The gourd dance was performed by the “warriors” with the singers and drummers (under the green tent) leading the group.

The presentation of the flags….

Opening ceremony…. notice the beautiful vibrant costumes.  And keep in mind that it was 80 degrees 🙂

Warriors dance….

The friendship dance….

Replicas of the huts that the Natchez Indians lived in at the Great Sun Mound in Indian Village.  The Great Sun was the ceremonial chief of the Natchez Indians. Interesting facts….when the Great Sun died, his family was killed and buried with him…there is no full blooded Natchez Indian alive today…

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7 Responses to Natchez PowWow

  1. Rebecca says:

    What a fun post! I love history, I loved homeschooling and teaching history as you are and, being a southern girl at heart I enjoyed all this beautiful green, green, green!

  2. what a neat experience! Love the photos, and such beautiful country. Thanks for linking up at FTF!!

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  4. Julie says:

    This is really cool. I love the bright colors from your photos. I didn’t realize some Native American tribes had burial mounds. In learning about European cultures we have read about burial mounds of the Chinese, Scythians, Egyptians, Celts and Vikings.

  5. Helena says:

    Such beautiful, vibrant colors. What a great experience for your girls. I would love to see something like that. Thank you for sharing your experience

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  7. Anna-Marie says:

    How fun, we have Indian mounds in Illinois near where we used to lived. Can’t wait to take my kids to these type of activities once we return to the states.Gthanks for linking up to the Home school field trip hop

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