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Sonic Examination of Rattles   

Apr/07/2011 - Apr/07/2011
Location: Grand Village of the Natchez Indians

The Grand Village of the Natchez Indians will present an illustrated talk by Mark Howell entitled “Sonic Examination of Rattles from the Lake George Site” in the museum auditorium at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, 2011. Admission is free and seating is limited.

Howell is a native of Mississippi and holds a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the City University of New York Graduate Center. Since 2006, he has served as the Branch Director of the Winterville Mounds Park and Museum, a National Historic Landmark prehistoric mound center near Greenville, Mississippi, administered by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. As a professional musician and composer based in New York, he made several tours of Europe and North America, was Composer in Residence at the 1994 American Dance Festival, and won the Mississippi Arts and Letters Music Composition award in 1996. He has published numerous articles in journals and books, and presented papers at music archaeology conferences around the world, most recently in Guatemala, Germany, and China.

The Lake George site, the subject of Howell’s presentation, is a large prehistoric mound group in Yazoo County, Mississippi. The site’s main occupation lasted from around A.D. 1200 until 1500. Among the numerous artifacts found at Lake George are rattles or noisemakers made of clay and attached to the rims of pottery bowls. Howell examined five of these rattles, made in the shapes of animals and people, and will discuss their possible role in the ritual behavior of the people who built and used the Lake George ceremonial mounds.

We urge everyone to come and bring a friend (or two). This will be an informative and entertaining talk.

Light refreshments will be served.

Call 601-446-6502 for more information.

Contact: Jim Barnett
Phone: 601-446-6502
Fax: 601-446-6503

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