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    YAGNAHOuLA

Fire in the Belly; My Time on An Ancient Women's Burial Grounds

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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

Yagnahoula is the story of a 2,000 year-old ancient women's burial grounds.

 According to oral tradition, a tall, light-skinned tribe, known as the Nahoula came from the sea. They flourished along the Gulf coasts of Mississippi and Alabama, known as the Mississippi Sound.

The bodies of these holy women buried there literally shone, much like Christ during his Transfiguration in Biblical times. Since their word for shining was Yag and the word for npeople was Nahoula, the holy women were known as Yag-nahoula, meaning  Shining Ones. 

     According to oral tradition, it is these holy women who are interred at this prehistoric burial site recognized by the U.S. government. 

                         

                                 by Connie Hebert