Department of Parks
Wickliffe Mounds Celebrates Native American Heritage Month

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, November 08, 2006  
Contact Information:  Gil Lawson
(502) 564-8110 Ext. 307

WICKLIFFE, Ky. – Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site celebrated November as Native American Heritage Month with nearly 200 students from three states visiting for special tours.


The students from Kentucky, Illinois and Missouri toured the Native American archaeological site and museum and learned about various aspects of Native American culture. Weaving, flintknapping, gourds, storytelling and hunting tools were demonstrated during the Nov. 3 tours. 


Volunteers were instrumental in the success of the event.  Flintknapping was demonstrated by Fain Russell of Kevil; Gerry Gutfreund of Paducah, presented Native American style storytelling and was recognized after the event in a special program for her nine years of volunteer service to Wickliffe Mounds; and Kathy Lyons of Murray presented gourds and how Native Americans grew and used them. 


Mary Greer of Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park assisted with the program as well and showed students the techniques of weaving.  Wickliffe Mounds Park Manager Carla Hildebrand presented the various hunting tools that the Mississippians would have used and Karen Owens of Wickliffe Mounds coordinated the event with the teachers.


The students who attended came from Bennett Elementary in Cairo, Ill., Carr Elementary in Fulton, Ky., Lyon County Elementary in Eddyville, Ky., Caledonia Christian Academy in Olmstead Ill., Lee Hunter Elementary in Sikeston, Mo., and the Simmons home school group in Mayfield, Ky.


For the remainder of November there will be several hands-on activity displays in the Lifeways Exhibit that interpret various aspects of Native American culture and indigenous technology.  Weaving and cordage, hunting tools, personal adornment, artwork, and methods of archaeology will be displayed.


For more information about Native Americans of the Mississippian culture, stop by the museum at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site and learn about the important history of the area.  In November, Wickliffe Mounds is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Call 270-335-3681 for information





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