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Natchez in Adams County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Ceremonial Center

 
 
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1. Ceremonial Center Marker
Inscription.
Archaeological and historical evidence indicates that the Grand Village of Natchez Indians was not really a "village." It was the main ceremonial mound center for the Natchez Indians during the period of French exploration and colonization of the Natchez area (1682-1730). The term "Grand Village" is a translation of the name given to the site during the French colonization period.

The only people who lived at the ceremonial center were the Great Sun, who was the Natchez chief, and a few tribal officials. Most of the Natchez people lived away from the mound centers on family farms. The members of the tribe gathered periodically at the Grand Village for religious and social ceremonies.

Emerald Mound, near the Natchez Trace Parkway about 15 miles northeast of the Grand Village, probably served as the tribe's main ceremonial center during the 16th and 17th centuries. During this period the Grand Village mound center functioned as an adjunct to Emerald. However, Emerald Mound was mysteriously abandoned prior to European contact with the Natchez Indians and the Grand Village became the tribe's main ceremonial center.
 
Location. 31° 31.483′ N, 91° 22.788′ W. Marker is in Natchez, Mississippi, in Adams County. Marker can be reached from Jeff
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2. Ceremonial Center Marker
Davis Boulevard east of Temple Road, on the right. Touch for map. Located on the grounds of the Natchez Grand Village complex. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 Jeff Davis Blvd,, Natchez MS 39120, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Grand Village of the Natchez Indians (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Conflict with the French (about 700 feet away); St. Catherine Creek (approx. 0.2 miles away); Seargent S. Prentiss (approx. 1.4 miles away); Gloucester Cemetery (approx. 1.4 miles away); Judith Sargent Murray (approx. 1.6 miles away); Origin of the Natchez Trace (approx. 1.8 miles away); DAR And The Natchez Trace (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Natchez.
 
Categories. Native Americans
 
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3. Ceremonial Center Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 18, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 18, 2017, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 141 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 18, 2017.
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