West Bend Friends of Sculpture

Bird Effigy Mounds

25. “Bird Egy Mounds,” came from Woodland Indians who began sculpting mounds about 3,000 years ago. They began with conical and linear shapes and progressed to mounds shaped like creatures around 300 AD. Two bird egy mounds found along the Milwaukee River near Quaas Creek, (in Quaas Creek Park) were quite likely built for burial of the dead in the late Woodland Stage. They have been preserved as part of a new city park. Most of the 20,000 mounds that have been discovered are empty, but a few contain altars, artifacts and the remains of Native Americans. A gift in the name of Shawn Graff helped fund the restoration. Google Map (new window)

Effigy Mounds Drawing