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Class on Native American weapons at archives Aug. 12

Posted: July 29, 2011 4:07 p.m.
Updated: August 1, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Some people call them arrowheads, some call them projectile points. 

Strapped on arrows and shot with a bow, those projectile points put food on the Native American’s cook fire. Another important hunting tool of the Native Americans was the atlatl. Literally a “spear thrower,” the atlatl helped Native Americans bring down large game.

The Camden Archives and Museum invites the community at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 12 to see how Native Americans made and used these vital tools. In conjunction with the archives’ current exhibit “The First South Carolinians,” archaeologist Erica Shofner will give a free program on the art of “flint knapping,” or producing projectile points. Shofner serves as the education director for the South Carolina Archaeology Public Outreach Division, a non-profit group whose mission is to educate the public about the importance of archaeology in the study of our cultural heritage. 

Shofner will demonstrate flint knapping and allow participants to learn the art of using the atlatl.  Participants are invited to enjoy the hands-on class and also view the Native American exhibit in the Whiteley Room, as well a view the archies’ exhibit of Native American artifacts on exhibit in the main gallery. 

The class is free and open to the public. Young children must be accompanied by an adult.

For further information, call the Camden Archives and Museum at 432-6050.

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