SUTHERLAND - Formerly known as Archaeology Day, the O'Brien County Conservation Board will be hosting a Past Lifeways Celebration with a focus on former hunting technologies on Saturday.
There will be displays, a flintknapping (stone tool making) session, contests, and a lecture. The 1 p.m. lecture will be given by Alexander Woods, PhD student at the University of Iowa and coach of the University of Iowa atlatl team, and will focus on the atlatl. The main feature of the celebration will beatlatl (spear throwing) contests. Atlatl (an Aztec word) is an early spear-throwing weapon, a launcher, that was used before the bow and arrow.
If you've used an atlatl before, seen one used, or are now curious about this hunting tool, then come out Saturday, Oct. 24, for a fun-filled day. There will be age groupings, team, individual, and ISAC (International Standard Accuracy Competition) competitions. Accuracy, distance, and other great tests of skill will be tested. All ages and skill levels are welcome.Bring your own atlatl and spears, or they have some to borrow. Registration begins at 10am. For more information, call the Prairie Heritage Center at 712-295-7200 or email at email@example.com.