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F. Kent Reilly III
F. Kent Reilly III is Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Arts and Symbolism of Ancient America at Texas State University.
Reilly III, F. Kent
Reilly III, F. Kent
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Hero, Hawk, and Open Hand: American Indian Art of the Ancient Midwest and South
KENT REILLY:The 1940s and 1950s took a terrible toll on the cultural and linguistic survival of Native Americans throughout the United States. There were specific efforts by both state and federal agencies to suppress Indian identity. In particular, elementary school programs were structured so that Native American languages could not be spoken by students. What do you think the overall effect of that educational system has been in terms of Creek culture and of Native American culture in …
Hero, Hawk, and Open Hand: American Indian Art of the Ancient Midwest and South
Art and ritual provided the symbolic and metaphorical means by which the people of the Mississippian world visualized their spiritual relationships with the supernatural. Mississippian art—or, more specifically, what I shall argue is the art of a Mississippian Art and Ceremonial Complex (MACC)—often displayed an encoded symbolic system that portrayed the locations and inhabitants of a perceived, yet unseen, reality. The MACC possessed a complex symbolic language with important political and …
Hero, Hawk, and Open Hand: American Indian Art of the Ancient Midwest and South
KENT REILLY: I’d like to start by asking you, as a traditional Muscogee person, and as a Medicine Man at the Hickory Ground near Henryetta, Oklahoma, to talk about growing up traditional and about how you became so fluent in the Muscogee language.
​TIMMY THOMPSON: Well, my father was the chief at one of the ceremonial grounds and my mother was active in ceremonial traditions, too. A lot of traditions were passed down from my grandparents on either side, father’s side, mother’s side. I lost my …