"Long Swamp: Life in the Etowah River Valley," a traveling exhibition showcasing an American Indian archaeological site in Northwest Georgia, has arrived at Sowela Technical Community College's Lake Charles campus.

The exhibit will be open free to the public 9 a.m,-8 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 6 in the Arts and Humanities building. An opening reception featuring tribal basketry, beadwork and artisan demonstrations will be held 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, May 3.

The exhibition recreates a true visual experience of the pre-contact Indian community in the Etowah River Valley in Northwest Georgia, where the northern banks of the river meet Long Swamp Creek.

Developing many thousand years ago and continuing through to the Mississippian Period (1000 AD – 1550 AD), the pre-contact Indian community had ingeniously established a village with homes, a palisade, and earthen mound.

Visitors to Long Swamp will explore the stories of ‘Life in the Etowah River Valley' through a series of 14 panels, each revealing a specific theme, over 80 artifacts and modern reproductions, as well as an interactive digital component showcasing videos, digital artifacts and other multimedia elements.

Working cooperatively with all of the modern tribes who once lived in Georgia, The Long Swamp exhibition also provides information about present-day tribal communities who share ancestral links to this community and the state of Georgia. The tribes' stories of community, survival, human ingenuity and cultural continuity are told through archaeological records, historic documentation and cultural knowledge and traditions.

The exhibition also features artwork from the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana community.

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