“At the heart of Hasinai existence are the cultural traditions that carry people through space and time. In the movement of the dance and the language of the song, the reality of existence is projected into the future.”
~Vynola Beaver Newkumet, Hasinai: A Traditional History of the Caddo Confederacy
Stories are not only carried by spoken word, but also in song. Every time Cah-kit-em’-bin, the Drum Dance, is performed the Caddo origin story is relived through song and movement connecting contemporary people with their ancestors. After their emergence from E’-wah’-dah-dut, Mother Dirt, some of the early Caddo settled for more than 500 years in the place known today as Caddo Mounds SHS. The resourcefulness of the people, the richness of natural resources, and the successful cultivation of wild plants and corn supported the development of a major civic and ceremonial complex. The High Temple Mound is regarded as an important element in the spiritual practice of the early Caddo. Archeologist Dr. De Ann Story called the area around The High Temple Mound the inner precinct. This was a popular area for dwellings with evidence of 26 structures that were built and occupied nearby.
When we talk about Mound A (the High Temple Mound) at Caddo Mounds SHS, we talk about it as the heart of this large early Caddo civic and ceremonial center. While much of the activity that took place at this spot over 1,000 years ago remains a mystery, archeology does reveal the presence of special structures (including one often referred to as “the maze”), ceremonial objects, and the presence of colored soils that all point to the ceremonial importance of the High Temple Mound.
What's in Caddo Voices
Each section of the Caddo Voices Virtual Experience places content into a play list of Contemporary Caddo, Practice, and Ethnohistory videos.
- In Contemporary Caddo you will learn about current Indigenous movements.
- In Practice you are invited to explore hands-on projects that incorporate traditional Caddo knowledge into modern projects.
- In Ethnohistory you will tap into a wide range of scholarship about Caddo history and culture from anthropologists, historians, and other researchers.
In this extensive 2021 bibliography, you will find 386 pages of resources to learn more about Caddo history and culture, https://scholarworks.sfasu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4012&context=ita
Visit the THC’s Learning Resource page for garden related lesson plans and activities you can do at home or on a visit to Caddo Mounds SHS, https://www.thc.texas.gov/education/learning-resources
Read the Caddo stories written down in Traditions of the Caddo by George Dorsey in 1905. Dorsey’s stories were collected from Caddo informants including Tsa Bisuh “Wing” (who told 49% of the stories) and Dashkat Hakaayuʔ “Whitebread” (who told 19% of the stories) https://archive.org/details/traditionsofcadd00dorsrich
Explore more about the Caddo history and culture at Texas Beyond History, https://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/ .