• A rainbow arches over the Mound City Group after a thunderstorm

    Hopewell Culture

    National Historical Park Ohio

People

Figures of History

Although we don't know much about the individual stories of the people of the Hopewell Culture, we have been enlightened and educated about what they accomplished as a whole society. The compelling and mysterious story of these fascinating people has taken hundreds of years to reveal and may likely never be fully told. Many people have worked over the last few hundred years to piece together the story as best as possible. Many more will follow in their footsteps to continue where their predecessors left off. Learn about these people who dedicate their professional lives to tell the story of the pre-historic American Indians we know as Hopewell.

Did You Know?

Pink heelsplitter mussel

Freshwater mussels were an important resource for Hopewellian people. They were used as food, provided pearls for ornaments and shells were utilized for hoes. Although plentiful during the Middle Woodland period, over-harvesting and low water quality have reduced their numbers drastically today. Many freshwater mussels are on the State and Federal Endangered Species list. More...