Starting Sunday, the days get longer.  The Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site at Collinsville is observing the Winter Solstice at 7 a.m. Sunday at its“Woodhenge,” a reproduction of a centuries-old solar calendar.  “Most likely, there was someone we might refer to as a ‘sun priest,’ who was the keeper of the Woodhenge and the seasonal calendar, and I imagine there were certain chants and dances associated with that,” says Bill Iseminger, assistant site manager for the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.
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While Sunday’s event will include material about the discovery, form, and function of Woodhenge, it will not be a ritual or ceremony, out of respect to the Native American culture and beliefs.
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