Long Swamp

Long Swamp: Life in the Etowah River Valley

New Traveling Exhibit Explores Precontact Communities in the Southeast and their Enduring Traditions

The Seminole Nation Museum proudly welcomes the national touring exhibit, Long Swamp: Lifein the Etowah Valley.  Nestled within the Etowah River Valley in Northwest Georgia, where the northern banks of the river meet Long Swamp Creek, a precontact Indian community began to develop many thousand years ago, and by the Mississippian Period (1000 AD – 1550 AD), had established a village with homes, a palisade, and earthen mound. This site is Long Swamp, and its story is the subject of a new traveling exhibition being offered through a partnership between the Georgia Department of Transportation and the University of West Georgia’s Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Archaeological Laboratory.

Visitors will explore Long Swamp’s stories through a series of 14 interpretive panels, each revealing a specific theme, over 80 artifacts and modern reproductions, and an interactive digital component showcasing videos, digital artifacts, and other multimedia elements.  This exhibit is educational and fun for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Long Swamp is a story of community, survival, human ingenuity, and cultural continuity.  This story is told through the marriage of the archaeological record, historic documentation, and cultural knowledge and traditions.  The exhibit includes a digital interface that seeks to supplement the content of the static exhibit and engage the visitor through discussion; a “We Are Here” section seeks the voice of the visitor, as well as offers a chance for contributions of media content, creating a unique experience for the exhibit at each stop along its tour.  Come contribute your own voice!

The exhibition also includes modern artifacts and artworks to tell the contemporary story of the descendants of of these Southeastern tribes. Works by noted artists such as Shan Goshorn (Eastern Band Cherokee), Bobby C. Martin (Muscogee/Creek), and Tony Tiger (Seminole/Sac & Fox/Muscogee/Creek) are on exhibit in addition to selections from the museum's own permanent collection.

 


 

This exhibit will open on June 23 with a reception from 11a.m. – 2p.m. and will run through December 31, 2018. Guided tours are available and school groups are welcomed. Please contact the museum at 405-257-5580 or [email protected]