Saturday in the Park

Saturday in the Park is a series of programs designed to educate the visiting public at Moundville Archaeological Park about the life ways of the Mississippian Indians who once inhabited the Moundville site. Saturday in the Park is held during the spring and fall and the majority of these programs are free with paid park admission. Most programs run from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Check at museum or admission building for details, or call 205-371-2234. 

172796_1842629396109_3598527_oMisissippian Cooking – May 9, 2015

Learn about prehistoric cooking with historian and potter Chip Wente. Chip will discuss the “Three Sisters,” corn, beans and squash as he prepares them in ceramic vessels that were made with many of the same techniques used by the Moundville people. A barbacoa, the predecessor to BBQ, will be set up to show how venison was smoked and dried for long term storage. Black drink, a tea made from a native plant that was extensively used by Southeastern Indians and other wild foods will also be displayed and discussed.

This season’s Saturday in the Park was made possible by a private donation from one of our supporters. All programs listed above, including hands-on make and take activities, are included as part of the park’s admission fee. For more information contact the park’s education office at 205-371-8732. Persons interested in making donations to Saturday in the Park or other University of Alabama Museum programs can contact Kelli Harris at kharris@ua.edu.