Spiro mounds hosts vernal equinox walks

Are you ready to get rid of the dreary and cold winter and open up the promise of a warm spring?Wonder about the importance of spring to Native Americans?Come celebrate the beginning of spring a little differently this year. On March 20 and 21, there will be a series of guided vernal equinox walks at Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center, where you can learn from an archaeologist and ask questions.Each day there will be three walks — 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. — led by archaeologist and manager Dennis Peterson. Each walk will take about two hours and require a mile of easy walking. 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, tales of the unusual happenings associated with the mounds and answer questions.Fee for the series of tours is $3 for adults and $2 for children. This will be in addition to the regular entrance fee of $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and $1 for children. No reservations are required unless you are bringing a big group.Saturday, March 16, will be the 26th Annual Family Kite Flite Day at the Center. This will have hundreds of people flying kites, kids digging in the sandbox and making bubbles and arts and crafts booths. There will even be donated kites given away by drawing throughout the day. The Kite Flite Day runs from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. This is a free day for the entry to the site. 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 open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. Admission, except for special programs, is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and $1 for children over 6 yrs. The center is located three miles east of Spiro on Oklahoma 9/271 and four miles north on Spiro Mounds Road. For more information or to schedule a group or school tour, please call (918) 962-2062 or email at spiro@okhistory.org.”