This popcorn and program event features the 40-minute film,“Ancient America,” by award-winning producer/director Gray Warriner of Camera One productions, about the indigenous people who first settled eastern North America. Before the movie, archaeologist Phil Millhouse will talk about his research at JDCF’s Wapello Land and Water Reserve, research which provides dramatic evidence that Wapello was an ancient home to peoples from both the Woodland and Mississippian cultures, whose achievements are showcased in the film. After the movie, Phil and Gray will provide commentary on the film and answer audience questions. 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 throughout the mid-continent. Archaeologists theorize that a village at the site of JDCF’s Wapello Land and Water Reserve may have been along one of those routes. The result of the interaction between the Woodland and Mississippians, documented by Phil Millhouse’s work, was the creation of 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.
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