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Who was this mysterious odd-looking ancient creature? Was he an ancestor, a god, an actor, a myth, a legend or a fantasy?

"Frog Effigy Pipe", Cahokia style, Missouri flint clay, Mississippian culture, found in the Craig Mound at the Sprio Site in Oklahoma. The style of this pipe indicates that it may have been made in the Cahokia Mounds area. The frog is sitting on a platform which is a common feature on other Cahokia style pipes.

"Frog Effigy Pipe", Cahokia style, Missouri flint clay, Mississippian culture, found in the Craig Mound at the Sprio Site in Oklahoma. The style of this pipe indicates that it may have been made in the Cahokia Mounds area. The frog is sitting on a platform which is a common feature on other Cahokia style pipes.

This carving of a Hopewell shaman dressed as a bear was discovered within a mound at the Newark Earthworks.

Using powerful magic the young boy Darach travels back through time to see a Hopewell Indian Shaman transforming into a bear. On the witchdoctors belt there is a disembodied fanged head. How, why was this ancient Shaman going to influence the century?

Deer mask; Oklahoma, LeFlore County, Spiro, Craig Mound; 1200-1400 A.D.; red cedar and marine shell, 11 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches; Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C.

Hero, Hawk, and Open Hand: American Indian Art of the Ancient Midwest and South

Study of pipestone artifacts overturns a century-old assumption .... Hopewell Indians, Tremper Mound .... "Less than 20 percent of the 111 Tremper Mound pipes they tested were made from local Ohio stone. About 65 percent were carved from flint clay found only in northern Illinois and 18 percent were made of a stone called catlinite -- from Minnesota."

The Hopewell people used distinctive stone pipes, often with effigies on them, like this owl pipe found in an early village excavation in Illinois.

One of my favorite things are three Hopewell figures carved out of soapstone that I inherited from my father.  I took them to the Antiques Roadshow where the approaiser said they weren't real -- but he had just enough doubt that he told me to contact a guy at the Mound Builder Museum in Ohio.  I did, they checked, they're real.

One of my favorite things are three Hopewell figures carved out of soapstone that I inherited from my father. I took them to the Antiques Roadshow where the approaiser said they weren't real -- but he had just enough doubt that he told me to contact a guy at the Mound Builder Museum in Ohio. I did, they checked, they're real.

National Museum of the American Indian : Item Detail

Vessel in human form Late Mississippian Tradition. 1200 to 1500 AD.

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