Atlatl Contest, Workshop in Vermont this weekend September 17, 18, 19

Thunderbird Atlatl will be in Vermont this weekend. Workshops, contests and more will be featured at the Mount Independence Site in Orwell, Vt. Please note this program is usually at Chimney Point Historic Site in Vergennes but has been moved because of the Lake Champlain Bridge construction.

Here is the schedule of the weekend.
September 17: Atlatl Workshop

Atlatl experts Bob and Cheryll Berg of Thunderbird Atlatl will teach you modern and traditional techniques of atlatl and dart construction, flint knapping, hafting stone points, and cordage making. Enjoy atlatl lore and coaching on the use of your new atlatl. Bob has taught primitive skills and the atlatl for 17 years. This is his 15th year at the event. $65 fee includes instruction and all materials. Pre-registration required. Vermont Archaeology Month program. Noon – 5:00 PM ( or 802-759-2412 for more information).

September 18: Fifteenth Annual Northeastern Open Atlatl Championship Festival of Nations

Participate in or watch this annual championship. The sport of atlatl throwing is based on the ancient hunting technique of using the atlatl or spear thrower. Demonstrations and informal workshops on flint knapping, and Native American life and crafts. Co-sponsored by Vermont Archaeological Society. Vermont Archeology Month program. 10:30 – 4:30 PM $5.00 for competitor fee. Pre-registration suggested. ( or 802-759-2412 for more information).

September 19: ISAC Atlatl Championship

Second day of atlatl International Standard Accuracy Competition. After ISAC, master class/coaching for boys and girls. 10:00 AM $5.00 competitor fee.

For further information check out the Mount Independence Site: Mount Independence

In the photo below Bob Berg leads a workshop in Vermont in 2009
Bob Berg leads an atlatl workshop in Vermont

New York Atlatl Association Meets at Letchworth State Park September 18 and 19

Can’t make Vermont!? There will be contests and a meeting at the New York Atlatl Association at Letchworth State Park in Castile, New York this weekend. Here’s the schedule:
ISAC (Fri 4pm-Sun 4pm) and local events except during Heritage Day noted below. NYAA fully insured event. “Native American Heritage Day” 10am – 4pm on Sat, Sept 18, with Native American Dance, Crafts and Food. Nearby camping, cabins and lodging available. Call Douglas Bassett (585) 493-3625 for information.

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