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Mississippian Ceremony and Symbolism Mural

Mural (painted by Karen Carr) on display in "The First Alabamians" museum exhibit at the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH). While the mural itself is not a primary source, the artist incorporated a number of primary source artifacts housed at ADAH into the scene depicted. Mississippian life was full of symbol and elaborate ceremony. This mural shows a ceremony taking place on top of a mound. On the right, the man is holding a monolithic ax, a status symbol commonly used in Mississippian ceremonies. At his feet are decorated pottery and two rattlesnake disks, the icon of Moundville culture.

Creator: Karen Carr
Date: 2012
Repository: Alabama Department of Archives and History
Format: Painting

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ALCOS Social Studies Content Standard:
Grade 3: Standard(s) 13
Grade 5: Standard(s) 3
Grade 8: Standard(s) 1 14

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