Busy August at Thunderbird Atlatl

Thunderbird Atlatl will be at the annual Stonetool CraftsmanShow at Letchworth State Park this weekend, Aug. 26, 27 & 28. This is one of the largest flintknapping and atlatl events in the country. All are welcome. The Stonetool Show is held on the north end of Letchworth State Park. Enter the park from the Mt. Morris, NY end. Travel a few miles into the park and you will see the show on your left at the High Banks Recreation area.

We just returned from a week at the Pennsic Wars! It was great to see a variety of atlatlists get together for two nights of Aztec Atlatl Battle. It was a fun time for all involved and we are looking forward to more and bigger Aztec Atlatl Battles next year.

Other upcoming atlatl events include the annual Labor Day program at Flint Ridge, Ohio (between Zanesville and Columbus – Brownsville). There will be lots of Flintknappers and atlatlists at this event. We will be there Saturday and Sunday.

In September, watch for more information on the annual Northeaster Open Atlatl Championship & ISAC at the Chimney Point Historic Site in Vergennes, Vt. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of University of Vermont Professor James Petersen who was killed while in Brazil in August. Professor Petersen was an avid supporter of the Chimney Point contest and was there every year helping to judge the contests. The contest takes place Sept. 17 with ISACs held both Sept. 17 & 18. On Sept. 16, Bob Berg will offer a workshop from noon to 5 p.m. Pre-registration is required. For further information contact: 602-759-2412.

September will conclude with the third annual Atlatl Field Da and ISAC at the Rebecca Nurse Homestead, 149 Pine Street, Danvers, Mass. Septe. 24 & 25.

Coordinator Glenn Mairo is planning a variety of activities including an Aztec Atlatl Battle! More details will follow. There will also be demonstrations of other primitive skills at this event. For further information call: 978-580-9437.

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