My Native American friend, Olee, when he visited the museum a year or so ago, spoke to one of the docents and mentioned it is disrespectful to display ceremonial pipes (aka "peace pipes") with the stem attached to the pipe. The docent said the curator was coming and they had already been told by others their display needed to be corrected - there are hundreds of pipes in the collections. Olee also noted in Indian tradition, wrongly displaying the sacred pipe would bring bad luck. "Really?" the docent said. "Is that true?"
Olee grinned and said one only needed to look outside the museum for the answer.
What is there, you may wonder? This, a 100 feet deep sinkhole that opened up in the golf course soon after the museum opened.
|The displays are well done, well lighted and most things are identified.|
|Fish hooks, awls.|
|Spectacular examples of animal effigy pots from pre-Columbian periods and Mississipian culture are numerous.|
|One of the most beautiful mortar and pestles I've ever seen. There are hundreds, in different styles.|
|Polished pieces, along with a beautiful small statue and miscellaneous pieces.|
|Thousands of arrow points of all sizes will astound you!|
|Also in the museum are cave bear skeletons, dioramas, good explanations of animals that lived in the U.S., like the Terror Bird, which is an ancestor of the ostrich, but much bigger and meaner - shown tearing a horse apart.|
Top of the Rock is next to Big Cedar, 9 miles south of Branson, at the intersection of Hwy 65 and Hwy 86. The charge to park is $10, which is refundable toward your purchase your ticket to the museum ($25).