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Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, The

The Grand Village of the Natchez Indians site features a reconstructed Natchez Indian house, three ceremonial mounds, and a museum.

http://mdah.state.ms.us/new/visit/grand-village-of-natchez-indians/

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Lance Harris will use his love for history to grow the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians.

Harris, a native of Laurel, took over as director of the Grand Village earlier this month — following long-time director Jim Barnett’s retirement in June 2014.

“I think (Barnett) did an exceptional job of laying out a good foundation here,” Harris said. “The things I’m interested in seeing is pushing this particular site out more to the public, and if there is any way we can upgrade the grounds, the facility or the exhibit and make it expand.”...

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Credit to: Devonte Dembly, Natchez Democrat

http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/2015/01/25/new-director-has-vision-for-grand-village/

Two of the mounds, the Great Sun’s Mound and the Temple Mound, have been excavated and rebuilt to their original sizes and shapes. A religious structure once stood atop the Temple Mound and housed bones of previous chiefs (called Suns). A sacred perpetual fire was kept in the Temple’s inner sanctum, symbolic of the sun, from which the royal family had descended.

A third mound, called the Abandoned Mound, has been only partially excavated. After three major archaeological excavations at the Grand Village by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, no further digging investigations are planned for the site. The unexcavated areas of the site will be preserved intact, representing a sort of “time capsule” from the Natchez Indians’ past...

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Credit to: Mississippi Department of Archives and History

http://mdah.state.ms.us/new/visit/grand-village-of-natchez-indians/

Adams County’s Native American heritage and history are part of a statewide project aimed to preserve Mississippi’s rare Native American mounds.

The recently opened Mississippi Mound Trail gives Adams County residents a unique opportunity to enjoy the history around them, Grand Village of the Natchez Indians Director Lance Harris said...

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Credit to: Megan Fink Leoni, Natchez Democrat

http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/2016/05/29/county-sites-play-big-role-in-mississippi-mound-trail/

Credit to: vloguum


The paramount chief of the Natchez, called the Great Sun, lived at the Grand Village. The French accounts describe both the Great Sun's house, which stood on Mound B at the center of the site, and a ceremonial temple, which stood on Mound C, the southernmost mound of the group. Within the temple, a sacred perpetual fire was kept burning day and night. Foundation remains of both the Great Sun's house and the temple were discovered during 1962 archeological excavations of the mound. Mound A, at the north end of the site, apparently was no longer in use by the time European chroniclers arrived. The mounds, which stand about eight feet high, rose in several stages as the structures that stood on top of them were demolished and rebuilt in accordance with ceremony...

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Credit to: National Park Service

https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/mounds/gra.htm

The Grand Village of the Natchez Indians in Natchez, Mississippi was the main ceremonial center in the seventeenth century. Lance Harris works at the Grand Village as Site Director and strives to bring awareness to the history of the site and the Natchez Indians.


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