"Cahokia: Indigenous City on the Mississippi River" will be presented by Rowena McClinton, a historical studies professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, in the Tribal Council Chambers at the tribe's main complex in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
According to a release about the event, McClinton is an acknowledged expert on the Cahokia Mounds and Cherokee history. She is editor of the two-volume work, The Moravian Springplace Mission to the Cherokee, and is now editing part of the Payne-Butrick Papers.
On May 4, McClinton will discuss the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Collinsville, Illinois and how the mound city evolved into a sophisticated prehistoric Native civilization beginning in A.D. 700. She will also talk about ancient Cherokee society in their southeastern homeland and the preservation of cultural customs before the Trail of Tears.
“[McClinton] is an expert on Mississippian-era mounds and she is also quite active in Cherokee history,” Cherokee Nation History and Cultural Curriculum Specialist Cathy Monholland said in a release. “Her talk will give audience members a great deal of information on the Cherokees mound background.”
The Cherokee Nation will also be hosting a tour of the mounds from May 31 to June 3 for $329.31 for double occupancy or $499.28 for single occupancy. The cost includes transportation, hotel, entrance fees to all attractions and one lunch. The tour will also visit the Basilica St. Louis, the St. Louis Art Museum, the St. Louis Arch and the Westward Expansion Museum.
The presentation is free and open to the public and will be held at the tribe's complex at 17675 S. Muskogee Ave., in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. For more information about the history talks or the upcoming tour of the Cahokia Mounds, contact Cathy Monholland at 918-453-5389.