Family Fun Day at Wickliffe Mounds
Wickliffe - Several families came out to the annual Family Fun Day at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic site this past Saturday. They spent the day learning about Native American life via hands-on activities and playing games.
Visitors were able to try their hand at using an Atlatl, which is a tool used to increase the distance one can throw a spear. Chris Hildebrand gave demonstrations on how the Indians would have used the tool long ago.
In addition to using an Atlatl, visitors were able to test their blow-gun shooting abilities as Hildebrand instructed them on the best way to aim and shoot at a rabbit or squirrel.
Children and parents alike were able to sit in the shade and learn how to make pottery at the guidance of volunteer Fain Russell. Visitors also got a demonstration on how stone tools were crafted by flintknapping.
Kids also spent time making corn shuck dolls and rattles to take home as souvenirs from their day of fun while learning.
Debbie Temple, Ballard County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences, set up a table for visitors to sample a simple, nutritious recipe as part of the Kentucky Proud “Plate it Up” program. Temple represented the Ballard County COMPASS coalition.
New to this year’s event was a simulated excavation box where kids could sift through sand to find archaeological treasures. Also new this year was a special program about Native American music.
According to Carla Hildebrand, Park Manager, Kentucky Department of Parks, Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site, “The goal of presenting a Family Fun Archaeology Day at Wickliffe Mounds is to provide an interesting way for visitors of all ages to participate in demonstrations of primitive technology, to learn more about the Native Americans who once lived at the Wickliffe site, and to provide stewardship and respect for cultural resources and awareness of the archaeological record in Kentucky.”