The Mississippian Culture can be described by many aspects such as religion, political, and social organizations they had to follow, as well as the foods that they ate, and the tools and weapons they used. The Mississippian Culture was divided into three different time periods; the Early Mississippian Culture was from at least 500-1,200 AD. The Middle Mississippian Culture was from about 1,200-1,400 AD. Finally the Late Mississippian Culture was from about 1,350-1541 AD.
Two most important groups in the Mississippian Culture were the Parkins and the Nodenas. The Parkins and Nodenas were believed to be separated groups of the Quapaw tribe in Arkansas. All had some similarities and differences. I could not find many differences; however, I did find more similarities than I did differences. The time periods of the Parkins and Nodenas were similar. They came about 1,500 AD. Both groups were located along major rivers in Arkansas.
The Parkins were located along the St. Frances River in Arkansas, while the Nodenas were located along the Mississippi River in northeastern Arkansas.
The Parkins and the Nodenas pretty much had a similar political and social organization. They both played the game of Chunkey, which was sort of like the game of Lacrosse. Both the Parkins and the Nodenas had solid, square thatched roof houses which were one big room with plastered clay walls and thatched roofs. The towns of both tribes were very large in size. They used mounds to build their towns on them so their houses would not flood. Their religion was part of what Indian researchers called the Southern Ceremonial Complex also known as the, "Southern Cult." The foods, as well as their tools and weapons were very similar. The foods that they ate were divided into agriculture, such as: corn, beans, squash,