blood run haibun

Link to dVerse Poets where Frank J. Tassone hosts a celebration of “indigenous”.

An archaeological dig in agricultural fields reveals ancient city of indigenous peoples: the Ioway, Omaha, Winnebago, Arikara, and Lakota. They settled at the confluence of Blood Run Creek and Big Sioux River, present-day boundary between Iowa and South Dakota.

Mysterious mounds push up; boulder rings outline lodge sites. Horse bones, iron tools, even marine shell wampum have been discovered here. Natives fashioned available catlinite into pipes and clay into pottery. They dug pits for storing grain and other pits for garbage.

This trading center flourished as an economic hub for the region. The Oneota culture left its mark on the land, most notably as a serpent-shaped effigy mound which was unfortunately lost by modern tillage before the area was recognized as an historic site.


indigenous tribes

leave indelible trail on

history’s pages





14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. msjadeli
    Oct 15, 2019 @ 21:03:59

    Lynn this reminds me of the movie, “The Lost City of Z” where such evidence was found in Brazil.


  2. Frank J. Tassone
    Oct 15, 2019 @ 15:18:57

    We often underestimate how sophisticated some of the Indigenous Nations in the US were before the European setters arrived. Thank you for sharing!


  3. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Oct 15, 2019 @ 15:03:10

    It’s a wonder how civilizations like these have been viewed as primitive… often that word has been used to hide our own civilization’s inadequacies


    • lynn__
      Oct 15, 2019 @ 16:16:32

      Evolutionary theory tends to view ancestors as more primitive…I think human race was always intelligent, developing advanced civilizations throughout history.


  4. rothpoetry
    Oct 15, 2019 @ 08:57:52

    To the Indians, we must have looked like an invading swarm of grasshopper eating everything in sight!


  5. Frank Hubeny
    Oct 15, 2019 @ 08:10:47

    It is unfortunate about the effigy mound. I am glad there remains memory of it.


  6. Jane Dougherty
    Oct 15, 2019 @ 07:35:47

    What Petru said.


  7. D. Avery @shiftnshake
    Oct 15, 2019 @ 05:56:36

    I appreciate the facts here, and the lyrical presentation of them.


  8. petrujviljoen
    Oct 15, 2019 @ 05:37:28

    Indelible but ignored. It’s crazy how an acute civilization like that can be ignored entirely.


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