7/5/2013 7:37:00 AM American Indian life featured in Petroglyphs July programs
Throughout July, the Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site is offering special programs that focus on the ancient rock carvings and the people who have called the prairie home.
Guests can learn about American Indian hunting, record keeping and games, plus, discover the many animals that call the prairie home.
All programs are included with the price of regular admission.
Today through Monday, the focus of the daily program at 2 p.m., is the atlatl, an ancient hunting device used by people of this area before the bow and arrow. This symbol of power was used for thousands of years and there are many atlatl petroglyphs carved into the Sioux quartzite rock at the site.
Instruction will be provided on how to properly use an atlatl while trying to "hunt" a life-size buffalo target.
A special program, titled "Early Hunting Tools," is planned for Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m., at the Jeffers Petroglyphs.
Visitors can experience what it was like to be a hunter 5,000 years ago. From 1 to 3 p.m., make your own atlatl (spear thrower) and then learn how to use it to throw a spear at a bison target.
From 3 to 5 p.m., a flintknapper will demonstrate the process of creating stone projectile points (arrowheads). Then guests can make their own.
A collection of atlatls will be on display throughout the day.
While at the site, visitors also can view the rock carvings and learn more about the people who created them on guided tours at 10:30 a.m., 1 or 3 p.m.
Jeffers Petroglyphs Historical Site is located three miles east of U.S. Highway 71 on Cottonwood County Road 10, then one mile south on County Road 2.