Another look at the atlatl (Sept. 13-14)

September 12, 2008

During this weekend’s Missouri Atlatl Association competition (Sept. 13-14) at Cahokia Mounds, we curious bystanders can see modern masters of the ancient spear-throwing device try to outdo one another in accuracy and distance. No word on whether we can also try throwing, as was offered earlier this summer (you may remember my enthusiasm then, and it hasn’t diminished!). The group doesn’t have a homepage that I can find, but there was a good article on it earlier this year in Rural Missouri magazine.

Unfortunately, the pow wow that was to accompany the competition has been downsized to a single day of craft demonstrations on Saturday (Sept. 13), called American Indian Educational Day. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features beadworkers, leather tanners and others.

If those events whet your appetite to learn more about ancient cultures in this region, check out two Missouri Archaeology Month talks coming up: Uncovering Ancient St. Louis by Mark Leach, at 7 p.m. on Sept. 23 at the Sachs Branch of St. Louis County Library (call 314.313.5715 for details); and Gateway to the Past: Prehistory of St. Louis by Joe Harl, vice president of the Archaeological Research Center of St. Louis, at noon on Sept. 28 at the Missouri History Museum (call 314. 746.4599 for details).

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2 Responses to “Another look at the atlatl (Sept. 13-14)”

  1. Charles J Taft Says:

    Maybe you will just have to make your own? I suppose a Nerf spear would be best, however???

    Charles

  2. mom22kids Says:

    You’ve seen me with a shotgun, so you know how bad my aim is! A Nerf spear would definitely be best!

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