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Due to Margaret’s love for studying cultures and specifically Native Americans, we often seek out Native American festivals, pow-wows, sites, and mounds. Just around 45 minutes north of Atlanta, near Cartersville, GA, is Etowah Archaeological Museum. Etowah was home to mound builders, the Mississipians. Although many sites were destroyed by colonizers (such as in St. Louis, which was originally known as Mound City), Etowah still remains largely intact making it a unique gem in the Southeast. The Mississippians who dwelt in Etowah are believed to be ancestors of the Creek people. The largest Native American site in North America lies in Collinsville, IL, right across from St. Louis and is named Cahokia Mounds, where Margaret did an internship at. The Cahokians, and other Mississippian groups, such as those residing at Etowah are known for their extensive trade network and burial mounds. One of the most dramatic impacts left from the Mississippians still today are their burial mounds. At Etowah, visitors enter through the museum and can learn about the expansive trade network, pottery, mounds, games, religious beliefs, diet, art and crafts of the Mississippian people. Afterwards visitors can go out and experience first hand the mounds by climbing to the top and seeing the various shapes of each of the mounds. Visitors are allowed to walk freely around the grounds, seeing the history and nature. The site is located just along the Etowah River and the views are absolutely beautiful. Etowah is a fantastic place to stop off at, learn about the Mississippians, stroll about in nature, and see an archaeological site. Cartersville is nearby so if you want to stop in a quaint, small town and grab a bite to eat, Etowah’s location is ideal. We both really enjoyed our visit and it made for a great little Atlanta excursion.

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