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Native American skills on tap for Sanford Museum ar heology event

Thursday, September 20, 2007

The Sanford Museum and Planetarium in Cherokee will host the annual fall meeting of the Iowa Archaeological Society (IAS) on Saturday, Sept. 22 beginning at 10 a.m.

The meeting will feature Dr. Chris Widga, Associate Curator of Palaeontology, from the Illinois State Museum as a keynote speaker who will discuss his research on Archaic Hunters on the Eastern Plains.

His research includes material recovered from both the Cherokee Sewer Site and the Simonsen Site located in Cherokee County. This afternoon sessions will feature a planetarium program featuring Native American constellations, a session on flintknapping during which individuals will learn how to make stone tools, basketry and atlatl (spear throwing) demonstrations.

The morning events of the IAS meeting will feature archaeologists from across the state speaking about archaeological research in northwest Iowa and local Cherokee historian Dan Johnikin who will speak about early African American Settlement in Cherokee County. The afternoon events start at 1 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Those interested in attending the morning sessions need to pre-register at the Sanford Museum. Please call 712-225-3922 to register or for more information.