Fire in the Belly; My Time on An Ancient Women's Burial Grounds
The women of the Yagnahoula burial grounds revered the Ivory-bill Woodpecker as their Spirit Bird. The Grandmothers of the Early Woodland Age garnished pottery with a mandala of their Spirit Bird. (shown above)
Each detail held a meaning. Every color and aspect of the design represented a particular Truth. It served as their rendition of the Bible, Bhagavad Gita, the Torah or the Koran.
The United States government under the administration of President Bill Clinton recognized the Shell Mound Park (the site of the ancient women's burial grounds) as authentic historical site.
Ivory-bill Woodpecker Mandalac
by Connie Hebert