Are you tired of being inside yet? Put on your warm clothes and waterproof boots and come join us! The Iroquois Indian Museum in Howes Cave, NY announces the 2nd Annual Early Technology Day on Saturday April 30 from 10 am to 4 pm. Please join us for flint knapping demonstrations, atl-atl shoot with Mike Tarbell, and various demonstrations of early technology. We will have Dan Shears and friends demonstrating the brain-tanning and smoke curing of deer hides, Jennifer Lee will erect her traveling wigwam and demonstrate various 18th century crafts such as her many beautiful baskets. There will be plenty of show and tell and crafts. Our archaeology department will have a staffed display of local finds and information.
Flint knapping is the ancient art of making chipped stone tools. Are you a knapper? Please join us! Curious? Want to learn? Come and see or learn hands-on! Are you interested in archaeology? Have you ever found an artifact? Please bring your finds and we’ll try to identify them. This museum has one of the largest point-type collections on display, so you can compare your finds to ours! This is a public event.
This year we will demonstrate the process of flint knapping, using local and semi-local cherts and lithics. Owasco period “Levanna” points are some of what we will aim to make. There will be examples of points, replica tools, and various archaeological displays. A variety of local stones will be provided, as well as some knapping kits, for those who wish to try making stone points. Knappers are welcome to bring their own stone and tools. We encourage demonstrations and teaching. Primitive fire making, atl-atl spear throwing, early archery and show-and-tell are also welcomed as part of this event.
Schedule of Events:
To be announced, with ongoing demonstrations and hands-on flint knapping workshops to be held throughout the day.
Archaeology: identification, displays, and primitive technology demonstrations all day, some of these scheduled events are simultaneous.
Atl-atl and archery are welcomed: if you have equipment, you may shoot, at certain times, which can be scheduled to happen between turns of spear throwing. Some spears and throwers are provided. The schedule is adjusted to fit the weather as well as attendance. We hope to see you then!