Shiloh in Hardin County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
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.
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
Erected by National Park Service, US Department of the Interior.
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
Location. 35° 8.483′ N, 88° 19.25′ W. Marker is in Shiloh, Tennessee, in Hardin County. Marker is on Riverside Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in Shiloh Park near the Tennessee River. Marker is at or near this postal address: Riverside Dr, Shiloh TN 38376, United States of America.
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); Kentucky Regiments at Battle of Shiloh (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sifting the Evidence (approx. 0.4 miles away); Shiloh Indian Mounds (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mississippian Indians (approx. 0.4 miles away); Chalmers' Brigade (approx. 0.4 miles away); Pittsburg Landing (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shiloh.
Categories. • Environment • Man-Made Features • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 15, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 14, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 129 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 14, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. A wide view photo of the marker and the surrounding area together in context. • Can you help?