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Park to host Native American event

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

JASONVILLE -- A unique opportunity to learn about Native Americans who once lived in the Shakamak State Park area will be presented at the park Saturday and Sunday.

The event, "School of the Native, Journey through Time," offers those interested in attending 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 the general public), birch bark canoes, prehistoric people of Indiana, flint knapping, pottery and other archaic arts using wood, bone and stone.

Cheryl and Pat Munson -- Indiana University archaeologists -- will be participating. Drew McGill and a team of archaeology students will be on hand to assist Cheryl Munson demonstrate how to do archaeology and what the results can be.

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 the period.

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