Thursday, December 29, 2011

How Dusty Spent Christmas

Please read the following, and then see the picture for Dustin's submission for the TWSS Christmas photo contest.  The video he took was a very large file so he just sent the story and pic:

Tiltonsville, Ohio, is a small town located on the Ohio River, about 40 miles southwest of Pittsburgh. Once part of the backbone of the American steel industry, this rust-belt town, just two miles from where I grew up, has seen better days.  As you pass through through town, you'll notice a peculiar man-made hill in the center of a late-19th-century cemetery. A Native American cultural group that archaeologists have named the Adena constructed this earthen mound between 2,500 and 3,000 years ago. The Adena culture emerged about 1,000 BCE, when Native Americans in the eastern woodlands began creating pottery, which allowed them to grow and store crops and thus establish permanent settlements. Abandoning a nomadic lifestyle, the Adena were free to devote more time to art and religion and began building these elaborate burial mounds for their political and religious elite. Most of these earthworks fell victim to the farmers' plows in the 19th century. However, hundreds of mounds and other ceremonial earthworks have survived and dot the North American landscape from New York to Wisconsin. 

So there it is: a small Ohio town without a stoplight can boast a Native American landmark that is older than both Santa and Jesus.


Ben said...

Caption: Local Adena spiritualist, Dustin Meeker, holds Fluffy, this years sacrifice to the Adena spirits. "We really don't know much about the specific beliefs of the people who made this mound" admitted Mr. Meeker, "but they most likely included some kind of ancestor veneration near the winter solstice. And I really don't like dogs."

THE KRIS said...

well said, ancestor.