This popcorn and program event features the movie “Ancient America” by award-winning producer/director Gray Warriner of Camera One productions, about the indigenous people who first settled eastern North America, including northwestern Illinois. Several thousand years ago, Woodland and Mississippian peoples were constructing impressive burial mound groups throughout the Mississippi River Valley and its tributaries. Some were miles long with intricate geometrical designs; some supported settlement rituals or were built in animal forms embodying social and religious beliefs. They also built cities with tens of thousands of people, including the great center of Cahokia, across the river from modern-day St. Louis. Cahokia’s people built immense platform mounds and established trading routes and trading partners from coast to coast. Archaeologists theorize that a village at the site of JDCF’s Wapello Land and Water Reserve may have been along one of those routes. After the 40-minute movie, Phil Millhouse will talk about his research at Wapello, which provides dramatic evidence that Wapello was an ancient home to people from both the Woodland and Mississippian cultural traditions, whose interaction created a new culture referred to as the Oneota. The Ho-Chunk and Ioway peoples of today are among those who trace their heritage to these ancient Americans. The event is free to attend and complimentary popcorn will be served. Seating may be limited and will be first come, first served.