Mississippian Time Period

Mississippian Village

Mississippian People Trading in the Town's Center

Susan Walton

The Falcon Warrior

The falcon warrior is an important diety that the Mississippian culture worshipped.

The Woodland period civilizations that took root in the Mississippi and Tennessee River Valleys flowered in the Mississippian period. Large towns and ceremonial complexes with huge temple mounds were made possible by the refinement of corn agriculture. Because of the establishment of these permanent settlements, places like Russell Cave were used only sporadically as stopovers for hunting and trading parties. The Cherokee Indians of the historic period rarely used the cave.

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