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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.

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Contact

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

To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact Brian Cudiamat at (217) 244-5586 or cudiamat@illinois.edu (email link).