The pace of life today is so rushed and hectic that we forget about the natural rhythms of the Sun, Moon and Stars. Native American farmers understood these rhythms. In the rhythm of the sun, the Winter Solstice is a period of rest, preparation and celebration. Come to the Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center on December 21, 2013, and there will be three guided walks to learn more about the Winter Solstice and how Native Americans dealt with the changes in the seasons.
Archaeologist and manager Dennis Peterson will lead guided tours starting at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Each walk will take about two hours and require a mile of easy walking. Mr. Peterson will tell about this unique prehistoric Native American mound site, the types of mounds, why they were created and why some of the mounds are lined up for the sunsets of the Solstices and Equinoxes. He will tell the history of the excavations, Native American ceremonies and stories, and tales of the unusual happenings associated with the mounds. For those wishing to see the sunset, the 2 p.m. walk will end just before sunset, which is when the alignment will take place. Come out to experience one of the most unique historical sites in the United States as seen through the eyes of an archaeologist.
There is a small fee for this series of tours of $3 for adults and $2 for children. The walk cost is in addition to the regular admission fee. No reservations are required unless you are bringing a big group. Be certain to dress for the weather.
The Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center is the only prehistoric Native American site open to the public in Oklahoma and is administered by the Oklahoma Historical Society. The Center is regularly open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. The Center does close for state holidays. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and $1 for children over 6. The Center is located 3 miles east of Spiro on highway 9/271 and 4 miles north on Lock and Dam Road. If you need more information or wish to schedule a group or school tour during the Solstice walks or some other time, please call (918) 962-2062.â€ť