Black Walnuts

At the Poverty Point site, they  have erected several fabric “huts” at intervals along the innermost ring of the complex.  Inside the semi-circle of huts is the plaza which is much easier to appreciate with the markers in place.  It’s a vast place, nearly 2000 feet across.  Next to the marker at the northern ring is a black walnut tree, possibly the remnant of an old homestead that used to reside there.

On this overcast day in December, walnuts littered the ground.

Easy pickings for those who were also there working on more scientific pursuits.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday I watched my great-niece, who is originally from St. Petersburg, gather and crack pecans which she said she learned to do (with walnuts) back in Russia.  Not only does our connection to this land go back thousands of years in time and through a multitude of generations but it also crosses the breadth of this earth.  Beyond our differences in politics and religion, it’s our deepest common thread.  And because of the luxury of technology, we forget.  That’s a luxury the moundbuilders didn’t have.  We have so much to learn from them.

About Jenny Ellerbe

I am a photographer living, and working, in northeastern Louisiana.
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3 Responses to Black Walnuts

  1. Denise says:

    Love the strange tent thing…I bet one could squint her eyes and imagine the site bustling with native Americans.

  2. Yes, it’s easy to stand there in the emptiness and imagine it full of people. I should have some “underground” info soon that will make it come to life even more!

  3. Linda H. says:

    The ‘tent thing’ is what Poverty Point State Historic Site refers to as “ghost huts”. They are there to give an idea of how large Ridge One is. I would love to see a real hut constructed on the site made of reed or cane which was and is still available at this time and have a scene inside of native americans. It could include native american mannikins, an earthoven, some clothing and robes made of animal hides, some of the food that existed at their time such as pecans, grains, fruits, fish and other fauna and examples of their tools such as the atlatl, spears, etc. and woven baskets made from oak strips which were found on one of the mounds. They used these baskets to load dirt to build the mounds, basketful by basketful. Wouldn’t that be a great idea! I might add also that I posted a picture of pawpaws picked fresh off of a pawpaw tree growing here at the park!

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