The Native American headpot – a rare and mysterious pottery

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – In 1981, James F. Cherry began a quest to find any and every existing Native American headpot, a rare and mysterious pottery formed in the shape of a human head, from the Mississippian Indian Culture. The quest took him to museums throughout the country, including the Smithsonian, the Gilcrease in Tulsa and the Museum of Natural History in New York. He researched the collections at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Tennessee and Southern Illinois University, made use of the University of Arkansas Museum, and studied many private collections. For over 25 years, he followed up on any headpot lead that presented itself.  View article…

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