Mississippian Ceremony mural detail by Karen Carr

Shown: Mississippian-era Native Americans in a ceremony at Moundville, celebrating a first fruits ceremony. Ornaments and possessions include shell gorget, coon tail, gorgets, sash, feathered bustle, copper squares, ax, monolithic green stone celt, woven cane fan, decorated fan, cane basket, forelock beads, roached hair, copper ornaments, copper gorgets, Moundville pots and more
Geologic period: Modern


Mississippian Ceremony mural detail

About a thousand years ago, Alabama life was transformed by a new culture that spread east from the Mississippi River Valley. Improved farming methods and new varieties of corn provided a more reliable food supply. Ample food supported an expanding population and the development of complex religious and political systems.

Mississippian societies dominated eastern North America for nearly six centuries. Some of their huge ceremonial mounds can still be seen today.

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Montgomery, Alabama 36130

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Karen has delivered recent presentations for these institutions and groups:

  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Guild of Natural Science Illustrators at the College of William & Mary and at Montana State University
  • New Mexico Highlands University
  • University of Texas at Arlington
  • University of North Texas
  • Dallas Paleontological Society


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Originally trained in the classical techniques of illustration and painting, Karen frequently speaks on the transition to a digital world, and on the challenges and benefits this transition poses for artists, clients and viewers. She conducts professional seminars on painting, illustration and digital image creation, and also offers specific programs tailored to the needs of professional groups or classroom instructors.

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