Past Event

[CANCELED] The Coiled Serpent Mound: Indigenous Traditional Ecological and Cultural Knowledge in Horner Park

MAY 4: This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about the process of creating earthwork mounds to celebrate the sacred mound-building practices of our region’s Indigenous ancestors. This project, which takes the form of a serpent whose head emerges in Schiller Park (west of the city) and tail emerges in Horner Park, is a collaboration between Native Youth and X, as well as Chicago Public Art Group, the American Indian Center, Chicago Park District, and other stakeholders.

We will meet near the coiled tail to hear from X, a representative from Chicago Park District, and others where we will also learn about the Native plants that will complete the mound project in summer 2023.

Note: Please remember that this event will be outdoors and in a public park, so check the weather report and dress accordingly. Additionally, this event is subject to cancellation or rescheduling due to inclement weather.

About The NEA Big Read

This event is a part of The NEA Big Read: Indigenous Stories, a series of free book groups celebrating contemporary Native writers. Book groups, events, and hands-on workshops are being held throughout the Chicago area from November 2022 to April 2023. Learn about other events and join a book group at