Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa is one of the most important Native American sites in the country. The monument is located near Dubuque in North Eastern Iowa.
The Effigy Mounds National Monument is over 2,000 acres and has about 200 known mounds from 450 B.C. Mounds are considered sacred and ceremonial grounds for Indians. Twenty-nine of these mounds are in the form of bear and bird effigies.
In northeastern Iowa, the Effigy Mounds area is between the eastern hardwood forests and the central prairies. Mounds, in shapes other than that of animals, are considered to be burial grounds for Native Americans. Historians have not been able to agree on the purpose of mounds in bear and bird shapes.
The monument was established in 1949 and is located on banks of the great Mississippi river. The monument is also known for being in the drifted area, a place in North America that escaped glaciation during the last ice age.
What can you expect from the event?
The Effigy Mounds Winter Film Festival has been entertaining audiences since 1963. This free film festival is celebrating its 52nd anniversary in the year 2015. Iowa natives have supported the community event since its inception. The event is open to all age groups and is an excellent family entertainer.
Charismatic Yellow Stone national park, American Bald Eagle, Martin Luther King Jr. and Wildlife in America will be the four themes for the 2015 winter film festival.
Ticket Price: Free.
For more information about the event, please call (563) 873 3491 ext. 251.
Event Time: The event happens every Saturday, Sunday, and Monday during January 5. On Saturdays and Sundays, the event is at 10 am, 11 am, 12 noon, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm. On Mondays, the event is at 1 pm.
Effigy Mounds National Monument,
151, Iowa 76,
Come and support Iowa's very own winter film festival.
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