Connecting Past to Present


Oklahoma has a rich legacy of mound building cultures dating back to around 500 A.D. Oklahoma’s indigenous American Indian people are the Caddo Nation and Wichita and Affiliated Tribes. Archeological evidence demonstrates advanced trade networks were established with other cultural groups that spanned a large portion of the present day United States. Excavation revealed cultural objects such as copper from the Great Lakes region, conch shell from Florida, and turquoise from the Southwest. The Center will again position Oklahoma as an epicenter for cultural exchange and a gateway destination to Oklahoma’s Indian Nations.

"The Spiro Mounds in eastern Oklahoma are considered one of the most important archaeological discoveries in North America." - Oklahoma Archeological Survey

21st Century Moundbuilders
The iconic promontory mound serves as a marker for the Summer Solstice sunset and offers a magnificent view of the surrounding region. The promontory journey starts below earth’s grade and ramps up to a 90' peak. The path intersects with the Hall of the People and three outdoor Sky Terraces and represents the cyclical relationship of all things to each other. The mound cradles the Courtyard of Nations and together acknowledging the earth as an integral part of native cultures’ collective past, present and future.

“The Promontory landform is a twenty-first century continuation of the centuries-long tradition of North American mound-building, not through replication, but by expanding the vocabulary of earthworks as an iconic landscape focal point for social gathering and cultural interaction." - Kirt Rieder, Principal, Hargreaves Associates Landscape Architects

See Downloads for Moundbuilders Educational materials produced by The Center in partnership with The Oklahoman