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Shiloh in Hardin County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Vibrant Community

 
 
Vibrant Community Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, September 1, 2009
1. Vibrant Community Marker
Inscription.  
Topped off with a temple, a chief's residence, or a governmental building, this mound served as the social and ceremonial focus of the community. The summit offered an unparalleled view of religious ceremonies, dances, games, and everyday activities on the plaza. The whole community, plus residents from nearby villages, gathered to celebrate the corn festival - the beginning of a new year - with feasting, rituals, and dancing. Crowds watched and bet on teams competing at games of chunkey and stickball. And on other days, townspeople went to the plaza to catch up on the news, to see what was happening and to be seen.

Stickball
Residents of Shiloh and neighboring towns competed in games of stickball, which was similar to lacrosse. The games were often rough and violent, resulting in serious injuries. Spectators wagered their clothing and valuables, sometimes everything they owned.

Game of Chunkey
Contestants rolled a chunkey stone across an open field and threw spears at the spot where they thought it would stop rolling.

Shiloh Indian Mounds National Historic Landmark
 
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentMan-Made FeaturesNative Americans. In addition, it is included in the National Historic Landmarks series list.
 
Location. 35° 8.483′ N, 88° 19.25′ W. Marker is in Shiloh, Tennessee, in Hardin County. Marker is on Riverside Drive. Marker is in Shiloh Park near the Tennessee River. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Riverside Dr, Shiloh TN 38376, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Changing Size and Color (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gunboats Tyler and Lexington (approx. ¼ mile away); Gunboats on the River (approx. ¼ mile away); Kentucky Regiments at Battle of Shiloh (approx. 0.3 miles away); Camp of 17th Kentucky Infantry (approx. 0.3 miles away); Chickasaw Homeland (approx. 0.3 miles away); Shiloh Indian Mounds (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ohio (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shiloh.
 
Vibrant Community Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, September 1, 2009
2. Vibrant Community Marker
Vibrant Community Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, March 22, 2020
3. Vibrant Community Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 14, 2017, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 241 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 14, 2017, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.   3. submitted on March 24, 2020, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Apr. 24, 2024