National Geographic : 1946 Jan
© National Geographic Society Painting by W. Langdon Kihn The Chief of a Temple Mound Tribe Greets His Elder Brother, the Sun, and Shows Him His Course Across the Heavens Temple Mound building, probably receiving its inspiration from Mexico, was practiced in the Mississippi Valleyand other sections ofthe rich Southeastern agri cultural lands from the 14th through the 17th centuries. In some areas their chiefs claimed kinship to the sun. Temples and the chief's lodge were built ongreat flat-topped artificial mounds of earth. About 1540 the Spanish explorer De Soto saw Temple Mound building at itsmost colorful peak.