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Indians used atlatl in hunt

Step back thousands of years and try your hand at making and throwing an atlatl, a spear-throwing device used for hunting around the world before the advent of the bow and arrow.

On Friday, Sept. 14, champion atlatlist Robert Berg, of Thunderbird Atlatl, will pre-sent his atlatl-making workshop at the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison, VT, from 1 12 noon to 5 p.m.

The afternoon includes making your own atlatl, making and fletching three field darts, and coaching from Berg on the use of your new equipment. Berg will demonstrate modern construction techniques, flint-knapping, hafting stone points, and cordage making from natural materials. A delightful and insightful teacher and storyteller, Berg has taught primitive skills and the atlatl for 16 years. This is his 12th year at Chimney Point.

The $65 fee covers all materials, instruction, and admission to the museum. Preregistration is required. For a form, call 802-759-2412 or visit: www.HistoricVermont.org/ chimneypoint/atlatl.

This is part of a 3-day 12th Northeast Annual Open Atlatl Championship Sept. 14 to 16 and is a highlight of Septembers Vermont Archaeology Month.

Chimney Point State Historic Site tells the story of 3 early Vermont cultures: the Native American, French colonial, and American colonial. It is open Wednesday through Sundays and Monday holidays, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Oct. 9. The museum, housed in a historic tavern, is located at the foot of the Champlain Bridge in Addison, VT, at the junction of Routes 17 and 125. For more information, call 802-759-2412.

For more information about the Vermont state-owned historic sites, visit www.HistoricVermont.org/ sites or call John Dumville at 802-828-3051.

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