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
Repository: Alabama Department of Archives and History