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Film: Native America: Cities of the Sky

Join Illinois Public Media for a free screening of a very special episode of Native America—PBS’ new 4-part series exploring the splendor and ingenuity of the world created by America’s First Peoples, 15,000 years ago.

This includes incredible revelations outside present-day St. Louis, Missouri where 10,000 people came there to build massive earthwork pyramids into a city now known as Cahokia. The reasons behind its emergence have remained a mystery—but new evidence, including shocking discoveries of human sacrifice, are now leading scientists to look to the sky.

Native America: Cities of the Sky features University of Illinois anthropologists Dr. Timothy Pauketat and Dr. Kristin Hedman, along with other research being done around Cahokia.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion including:

  • Elizabeth Sutton–Director Spurlock Museum
  • Nichole Boyd–Director of Native American House
  • Lauren Kirby–President of Native American & Indigenous Student Organization–U of I
  • Gio Guerra-Perez–Asst. Chancellor for Diversity
  • Lisa Lucero–Professor, Department of Anthropology

Co-hosted by Prairie Research Insititute (external link), WILL Radio TV Online (external link), and Spurlock Museum.

Be sure to visit during normal business hours to explore the exhibit: Cahokia's Religion: The Art of Red Goddesses, Black Drink, and the Underworld. The exhibit features flint clay figures and ceramic pottery from the Cahokia region.


For further information on this event, contact the Museum Information Desk at or (217) 333-2360

All participants are welcome. To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact Brian Cudiamat at or (217) 244-5586.