Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Moundville's Saturday in the Park Series Begins

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Moundville's Saturday in the Park Series Begins

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Visitors to Moundville Archaeological Park this Saturday can hurl spears and throw stones from slings as the staff kicks off the spring Saturday in the Park series.

Weapons expert Bill Skinner, a retired United States Marine, will display and discuss blowguns, spear-flinging atlatls and other Native American weapons and tools this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can peruse the hands-on display for no charge after paying park admission, which is $6 for college and university students and $8 for adults.

The Saturday in the Park series highlights the history of southeastern Native American tribes with interactive exhibitions that give attendees glimpses into ancient life, from art to warfare and more. After its launch this weekend, the series will take the following week off then take place every Saturday from March 19 until May 21.

The forecast from the National Weather service predicts clear, sunny skies Saturday, with highs near 70 degrees.

Here's the rest of the Saturday in the Park series lineup:

March 19: Southeastern Indian Shell Carving with Dan Townsend. Townsend's carved pendants, medicine cups and earrings are created from lightning whelk shell, gold or black mother-of-pearl, melon shell and abalone. Many of his designs are inspired by shell carvings found at ceremonial sites around the Southeast. Townsend will display his work, discussing the meanings of the designs he carves with visitors. Children can string a shell to make a necklace of their own.

March 26: Prehistoric Textiles. Mary Smith, an award-winning Muscogee basket maker and textile artist from Bixby, Oklahoma, will present different prehistoric weaving techniques. She will have a "make and take" weaving activity for children.

April 2: Southeastern Pottery. Tamara Beane will perform an out- of-door pottery firing in a manner as ancient as some of the pottery she reproduces. Children can play with clay, trying out different tools that would have been used by prehistoric and historic Native Americans.

April 9: Ancient Hunting and Fishing. Bill Skinner will display and discusses an assortment of implements used by the Southeastern Indians for hunting and fishing. Children can make and try out their own sling made from natural fibers.

April 16: Mother Earth and the Three Sisters Garden Day. The park's Americorps Volunteer in Service to America, Kenric Minges, other volunteers and education staff host a day of fun in the garden. …

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