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Cahokia's Religion: The Art of Red Goddesses, Black Drink, and the Underworld

Event Type
art, history
Spurlock Museum and the Illinois State Archaeological Survey
Spurlock Museum
Mar 30, 2018   All Day
Beth Watkins
Originating Calendar
Spurlock Museum - Exhibit Information

In the fertile floodplain of the Mississippi River, 10,000 to 20,000 people built and lived at Cahokia from 1050 to 1200 CE. Another 20,000 to 30,000 people occupied the surrounding farmlands and smaller ceremonial precincts in the region. This great center of human activity, one of the first cities in North America, impacted people across the Midwest and Southeast.


The Illinois State Archaeological Survey and Spurlock Museum open the exhibit Cahokia’s Religion: The Art of Red Goddesses, Black Drink, and the Underworld on January 30. The objects in this exhibit are from Cahokia and nearby sites. They demonstrate the skills and perspectives of this civilization’s artists, farmers, priests, and leaders. The exhibit runs through May 20. Come see well-known artifacts including the Birger Figure.


On April 27, the conference Ancient Cahokia Future Visions celebrates 150 years of research at the University of Illinois by bringing together world renowned scholars, advocates, and dignitaries to discuss North America's first city: Cahokia. Learn more at the conference website.

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