This weekend...following Thanksgiving
Fri-Sun, Nov 27-29. Indian Market Days, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.
Twenty-one Native American artists and vendors will participate in this weekend's annual event. Admission is free, hours are noon to 5pm Friday, 8am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday.
Indian-made arts and craft pieces will be offered for sale at the Interpretive Center including metalwork, beadwork, textiles, jewelry, stone fetishes, silver, baskets, gourdwork, flutes, pottery, paintings, dolls, arrows, ornaments, seed pots, kachinas, and more.
Cahokia Mounds itself is well worth a visit if you live in the area or are passing through.
Listed as a World Heritage Site, it is the site of one earthen mound considered the third largest of the New World pyramids. From atop that mound known as Monk's Mound, the Great Sun ruled the city that flourished a thousand years ago at the center of a metropolis that spread across the Mississippi River to present-day St Louis as well as throughout the floodplains where the city itself was located, and up and beyond the bluffs overlooking the floodplains.
Today, a manicured lawn reveals the mounds scattered throughout the site. Wooden steps lead up to the top of Monk's Mound where you can see the other mounds, the astronomical observatory of Woodhenge to the west, and the area that would have been the plaza that was the city's center.
However, this special event will make the visit doubly enjoyable on a relaxed weekend following Thanksgiving Day's gastronomical excesses. While in the Interpretive Center you can walk through the full-size diorama that depicts life in one of Cahokia's suburbs, check out the various exhibits detailing the various discoveries at the site, the role of corn, and other aspects of life in Cahokia, and you can drop in at the gift shop.