Spirits of Earth with Robert Birmingham

Ancient Native American Effigy Mounds in Wisconsin

On Thursday, April 22 at 6:30 pm Robert Birmingham, a retired UW-Waukesha professor and the author of several books on archaeological and historical topics will be with us virtually to host the Spirits of Earth presentation. The presentation will explore what is known about the effigy mounds and the world of the effigy mound builders with examples drawn from the Columbia County Region. After 500 B.C. native peoples began the custom of burying the dead under earthen mounds. Mound building exploded throughout southern Wisconsin. It became much more elaborate taking the form of sometimes vast landscapes of burial mounds made as effigies of animals, supernatural beings, and even human beings. Modern day Columbia and Dodge counties are at the geographical heart of this remarkable cultural development that is unique in the world and called the Effigy Mound Cultural Complex. To register for this program, click on this link.