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ROAD TRIP FROM KANSAS CITY TO
BENTONVILLE, ARKANSAS (HIGHWAY 71 SOUTH)


PLACES ALONG THE WAY

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1930s Desperados Bonny And Clyde
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Battle of Carthage, Missouri (1861)
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Flower Garden near Bella Vista

HARRISONVILLE, MISSOURI
Much involved in Civil War including July 18, 1861 battle
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrisonville,_MO

BUTLER, MISSOURI
Home of famous science fiction writer Robert Heinlein

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butler,_MO

NEVADA, MO
Home of the secretive P.E.O. Sisterhood

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nevada,_MO

LAMAR, MISSOURI
Boyhood home of U.S. President Harry Truman

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamar,_MO

CARTHAGE, MISSOURI
A Civil War battle was fought here July 5, 1861
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carthage,_MO

JOPLIN, MISSOURI
Where Bonny and Clyde holed up and robbed in 1933
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joplin,_MO

DIAMOND, MISSOURI'S
Where plant scientist George Washington Carver was raised http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diamond,_MO

NEOSHO, MISSOURI
1861 Confederate state capital; Thomas Hart Benton birthplace

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neosho,_Missouri

BELLA VISTA, ARKANSAS
Known for beauty, golfing and relaxation
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bella_Vista,_AR

BENTONVILLE, ARKANSAS
Home of Walmart's world headquarters
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bentonville,_Arkansas


NATIVE AMERICAN MUSEUM
AT BENTONVILLE, ARKANSAS

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From left to right are a Caddo pot, two canopas from Peru, and some Mayan eccentrics.  The pot might have been for water or liquid medicine.  A canopa is a small effigy of a llama; some had holes into which were put items such as grease or coca leaf for drawing spirits who would bring bountiful crops.  The Mayan items are called eccentrics simply because their appearance and purpose are so enigmatic or odd-seeming, i.e. eccentric.  One guess is that they may have had to do with adornment, i.e. jewelry?

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The head on the far left may mimick the head of a deceased person.  It is from Arkansas, possibly part of the Mississippi or Moundbuilder Culture.  Sometimes red indicated life and vitality; black standing for death.  This one appears pock-marked, possibly indicating death from disease.  The other head is that of a Native American from the Caddo people.  At the far right is an artists' rendering of mounted Indians such as those who roamed the Great Plains prairie country.

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The head on the far left includes an interesting hat design.  Sometimes geometric figures carried meaning, not being just for viewing pleasure.  For example lines might indicate how many enemy had been slain at a battle or skirmish.  The central photo shows stone hoes such as for cutting weeds away from stalks of corn.  The head on the far right may be that of a shaman or medicine man.

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Into historical times, Native Americans contended with various species of bear for their food.  Buffalo or American bison provided not only food, but also hide for clothing and shelter, bones for tools.  Moccasins protected the feet, provided beauty, and the markings sometimes identified the culture or tribe associated with their owners.

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Here we see another pair of mocassins, showing how varied they could be in coloring, markings etc.  The mounted creatures is very artistic and life-like due to the motion.  The tipi (also spelled teepee) was typical dwelling for Native Americans on the plains and prairies, and it was usually set up and borne about by the women.


THE INN AT BELLA VISTA
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