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Native American History Event at Shakamak

Monday, April 21, 2008

A unique opportunity to learn about Native Americans who once lived in the Shakamak State Park area will be presented at the park, April 26-27.

The event, "School of the Native, Journey through Time" offers attendees the chance to immerse themselves in real Native Woodland culture from the past by participating in and watching various activities.

Some of the subjects include dancing and drum, flute, storytelling (Saturday only for general public, Friday for youth groups), birch bark canoes, prehistoric people of Indiana, flint knapping, pottery, and other archaic arts using wood, bone, and stone.

Other activities include finger weaving, basic basketry, cordage, fire making, tanning of hides, how to do archaeology, hickory nut processing and open fire cooking.

Visitors also will be able to try their hand at throwing a spear using an atlatl and go inside a real Native Woodland Encampment. Vendors will sell various items related to the 18th century, as well as books about that period.

Visitors should note that the event involves some walking.



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