TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama’s Moundville Archaeological Park is hosting two fun-filled and educational events the weekend of July 21 — its annual Knap-In and Birdfest 2017.
17th Annual Knap-In
The community is invited to explore the ancient art of flintknapping during the annual Knap-In July 21 and 22.
Flintknapping is an ancient Indian technique for chipping stone into tools and weapons. In the last 20 years, this ancient art has been revitalized and is shared by hundreds of craftspeople called “knappers.”
Knappers demonstrate, gladly teaching others their art, as they replicate stone tools from prehistoric times. This event is perfect for the history enthusiast or for those lovers of hunting, fishing and basic survival technologies.
Other skills, including making bows and arrows and carved stone objects, will also be demonstrated and taught at the park, which is operated by The University of Alabama Museums. Visitors will have an opportunity to test a spear thrower or toss rabbit sticks in the nearby target range.
The event will include a children’s area, which will be open both days, where young visitors can make crafts and play games. Juanita Gardinski, of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, will provide food concessions, including frybread and Indian tacos.