OWATTA (THEY'RE HUNTING)
by James Blackburn
7 ft. H Monument
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This bronze sculpture features two hunters during the prehistoric stage known as the Mississippian Culture Period. The people of this culture were ancestors to tribes of the Southeast including the Chickasaw, Choctaw, Cherokee, Creek and many others. They hunted white-tailed deer, elk, buffalo, turkey and water fowl among others – all important sources for food and clothing.
The hunters depicted are carrying bows with flint tipped river cane arrows and river cane quivers. Their knives and sheathes are worn around the neck – characteristic of southeastern cultures. They are wearing buckskin breach cloths, leggings and pucker toe moccasins. Their waist belts carry forage pouches, medicine pouches and pipes. They are adorned with shell ornamentation on their arms, legs, necks and ears. The hunters are wearing their hair tied on top with beaded forelocks, wrapped braids and feathers.