April 19, 2011 – Song 166

Holy bananas. Why is this band so great?

I feel like it’s unfair to other bands. Song 166.

Now, let’s learn something shall we?

For example, did you know that Illinois is a French name given to Native people who did not call themselves that? Although it is derived from an Old Ottawa term that means ‘he who speaks the ordinary way’.


The Prodigal Son – The Black Angels

Around 8000 BC, the climate in the North Americas had stabilized to something similar to the one we enjoy presently. (I am using the word “enjoy” loosely here, BTW.) It was after this time that migration became widespread, resulting in hundreds of nations and tribes.

One of the earliest and largest cultures is commonly called the “Clovis Culture”. It was a big game hunting culture that got it’s name from artifacts, such as man made fluted spear heads, which were found near Clovis, New Mexico.

Another early culture, known as the “Folsom Tradition” was spread across the Great Plains and Great Lakes region of the Americas and has been identified by their leaf like projectile tips and the remnants of their bison slaughtering sites.

The “Na-Dené” people entered the Americas from the Pacific side migrating along the coast and eventually into the interior. They were the earliest ancestors of the Athabascan- speaking peoples, including the present-day and historical Navajo and Apache. They are characterized by their large family sized dwellings and their seasonal moves, staying in many areas only during the Spring and Summer, to hunt and fish.

Now, those are only a few of the many. And it’s late.

So I will leave you with one of my favorite passages. Although, considering my home turf, I might be a touch biased.

“The “Mississippian Culture” created the largest earthworks in North America north of Mexico, most notably at Cahokia, based on a tributary of the Mississippi River in present-day Illinois.

Its 10-story Monks Mound has a larger circumference than the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan or the Great Pyramid of Egypt. The six-square mile city complex was based on the people’s cosmology and had more than 100 mounds, oriented to their sophisticated knowledge of astronomy. It included a Woodhenge, whose sacred cedar poles were placed to mark the summer and winter solstices and fall and spring equinoxes.

Its peak population in 1250 AD of 30,000–40,000 people was not equalled by any city in the present-day United States until after 1800.”

Like I wasn’t gonna choose the version set to BSG clips.

I mean come on. ♥

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