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Unburied Treasures | Exploring the Art of Mississippi's Indigenous People

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

5:30-6:30 PM

The Gertrude C. Ford and The Donna and Jim Barksdale Galleries

From ancient effigy pipe bowls to contemporary Chickasaw pottery, the exhibition Picturing Mississippi, 1817-2017: Land of Plenty, Pain, and Promise showcases select works made by indigenous people. Through an evening of gallery talks and storytelling, we will explore the Native American cultural heritage of Mississippi. The May program will be led by curator Jochen Wierich and feature author and archaeologist Sam O. Brookes, III, and Chickasaw author and storyteller Robert Perry.

This event is free and open to the public. Cash bar available.


Born in Fort Monroe, Virginia, Samuel Brookes obtained his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Anthropology from the University of Mississippi. His career has included terms as station archaeologist with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History in Clarksdale, archaeologist with the Vicksburg Corps of Engineers, and chief archaeologist of the National Forests in Mississippi. Brookes has conducted fieldwork in Virginia, North Carolina, Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana, and in Mississippi, he has worked in the Yazoo Basin, Natchez Bluffs, Gulf Coast, Pine Hills, and Tombigbee regions. Brookes has served as president of the Mississippi Archaeological Association, the Mississippi Association of Professional Archaeologists, and the Mississippi Heritage Trust. He has also authored two monographs and more than 25 articles on Mississippi archaeology. Brookes is on the Speakers Bureau of the Mississippi Humanities Council as an authority on Mississippi Archaeology, and in 2014, he was honored by the Mississippi Humanities Council with the “Preserver of Mississippi Culture” award.


Robert Perry has a life filled with myriad accomplishments. He has six books to his credit, in addition to being a retired chemical engineer with eight U.S. patents. Before moving to Alabama, Perry served as vice-chairman of the Council of Elders that advises the Chickasaw Nation on cultural issues. In 2011, he was inducted into the Chickasaw Hall of Fame. Perry chaired the City of Sheffield’s Port Authority to develop Tuscumbia Landing, a new site on the national historical Trail of Tears. He also does re-enactments and is on the Alabama 200 State committee to help local communities celebrate the Alabama Bicentennial through December 2019.