MOUND BUILDERS OF WISCONSIN
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What the Mounds Tell Us

The Adena Berbers looked toward the sky for their gods and around their  mounds are found  "Sacred Circles" which  served as
holy "meeting places" for their people. The mounds served as maraboutic shrines in the time-honored Berber/Canaanite tradition.
Explains Madison: " The  Adena society was not an organized 'state,' but rather 'a state of nature mitigated by hereditary
saints...anarchy mitigated by holiness!' The archaeologists have found that the men buried in Adena mounds were those who
'established their utility to the community through ritual powers and mechanisms of economic exchange (similar to the Berber
marabout') Ref: The Berber Project

"Marabout" is a French term referencing "holy man". The  marabout is a holy man with a holy genealogy -- but the genealogy
alone does not guarantee his holiness. He can be "holy" if he has "baraka", (divine powers, "charisma" in the theological sense),
has magical power, is good and pious, generous, hospitable and peace-making. He accepts donations from those who seek his
blessing. "The marabout is not a warrior, but he provides political leadership in times of crisis or to resolve disputes between
warring factions" (Ref: Ernest Gellner, Saints of the Atlas) This appears to be the PRECISE ROLE of those buried in the Adena
mounds.

In the Adena burial rites the bodies of the ruling class and other important people were usually sprinkled with RED OCHRE and laid
to rest with a variety of artifacts such as
flints, beads, pipes, and mica and copper ornaments. The red ochre aspect of the burials
was a practice that extended back for generations through the Old Copper Culture and all the way back to North Africa's Capsian
period. Adena marabouts were also buried with varying amounts of grave goods -- the amount indicating either the social
inequities in their culture, or perhaps varying degrees of baraka. Tomb goods included engraved stone tablets (often with
predatory bird designs); polished gorgets (throat armor of stones and copper); pearl beads; ornaments of sheet mica (also found
in Maya graves); tubular stone pipes; and bone masks. Animal masks are common in late Adena sites. In addition to these grave
goods the Adena people made a wide range of stone, wood, bone and copper tools, as well as incised or stamped pottery and
cloth woven from vegetable fibers.

For their "common folk," the Adenas cremated the dead bodies and placed the remains in small log tombs on the surface of the
ground. Virtually all of these graves have been destroyed by nature and later settlement. Therefore, the more substantial mounds
of the ruling class are our only physical records of Adena burials.



The Hopewell Mound-builders

At the same time the Adena culture faded, the power in the Berber/Canaanite-settled Midwest began to shift to a new force -- a
culture known to the archaeologists as the "Hopewell." The base of the new culture was further west than the Adena, but clearly
grew out of the Adena culture and absorbed the descendants of the Red Ochre people who survived in Wisconsin, Illinois and
Indiana. According to Professor Barry Fell, the Hopewell people seem to have been "mainly Libyans" of Berber stock, with, he
adds, some NEGROID admixture (America B.C., p. 189).

This new civilization was bolstered by a new influx of refugees from Spain when, in 201 B.C., the Carthaginians were driven out by
the Romans. Those who didn't cross the Atlantic fled back to Carthage for a safety that was short-lived. After Carthage lost the
Punic Wars in 146 B.C., the Romans razed the city sending a massive wave of refugees to the New World. Among the fleeing
Carthaginians were elements of Negroid blood -- including some remnants of the Anakim.

While the name "Hopewell" was imposed on this culture by the archaeologists, there is evidence that this people referred to
themselves as Tallegwi. The Native American Indians, Lenni Lenape and their Iroquois allies remembered encountering these
people during their own eastward trek from across the Mississippi River. The 18th century missionary (quoted earlier) wrote:

[The Lenape] discovered that the country east of the Mississippi was inhabited by a very powerful nation who had many large
towns built on the great rivers flowing through their land. Those people (as I was told) called themselves Talligew or
Tallegwi...Many wonderful things are told of this famous people. They are said to have been remarkably tall and stout, and there is
a tradition that THERE WERE GIANTS  AMONG THEM, people of a much larger size than the tallest of the Lenape. It is related that
they had built fortifications or entrenchments.

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BURIAL SITE PROTECTION LAW OF 1985

"Thanks to the introduction of new state and Federal laws,
Wisconsin's remaining mounds have now been protected.
According to the Burial Site Protection Law of 1985, Wisconsin
progressively defined all Native American mounds as human burial
places. The law protects them from disturbance and destruction, as it
does for all cemeteries and family plots.