Cahokia Mounds Marks the Year's Biggest Event

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"Heritage America," the largest special event each year at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, is the highlight of this month's activities at the mounds.

The American Indian festival called "Heritage America" will run from Friday evening, Sept. 27, through Sunday, Sept. 29. It brings Indians from across the United States to Cahokia Mounds, near Collinsville, for dancing, music, crafts, games, cooking and other activities open to the public.

Most of the Indian dancing during the weekend event will take place in the dance circle on the picnic grounds at the mounds site. Performances will be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. on Sept. 27 and 28, and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sept. 28 and 29. Trading posts will be set up nearby. There also will be hands-on activities, crafts and food and game booths. There is no charge for any "Heritage America" events. Shuttle buses will transport visitors from the special event parking areas to the Interpretive Center at the mounds and to the dance circle. Several other activities are planned this month at Cahokia Mounds, which is off Interstates 55-70 and 255, near Illinois Route 111, on Collinsville Road. The Kahok Dancers, a non-Indian group, will perform interpretive Indian dances from Sept. 12 through 14. The performances will be held outside the Interpretive Center and will start at dusk each evening. Visitors are asked to bring lawn chairs or blankets to the free performances. A fall nature/culture hike will be held Sunday, Sept. 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. An archaeologist and a naturalist will lead a five-mile hike through some of the remote areas of the mounds site. The leaders will comment on archaeological discoveries made at the site and on the Mississippian Indians' uses of plants encountered along the trail. …


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