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 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.
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.
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.
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…