All day Saturday July 27th we will be having the Archaeo-Olympics. Participation is free and open to the public.
8:30 a.m. we will meet on top of the museum for the opening ceremonies.
8:45 a.m. the game chuncky will take place in the maintenance field (the field to the left on Stone Fort Dr. before entering the parking area for the museum). Chuncky was a favorite pastime of the Mississippian people. This competitive game will challenge not only spear throwing, but also timing and strategy.
10:30 a.m. in the front yard of the museum participants can test their skill at an often overlooked tool for hunting small game. The rabbit stick is made from hardwood and hurled at small game with deadly effect.
11:15 a.m. join Regional Interpretive Specialist John Froeschauer to test your knowledge of local plant species and how they can be used. This challenge will meet at the museum.
1:00 p.m. Stickball the precursor to modern day Lacrosse, many variations of this game are played among the Eastern Tribes. In its original form this was a violent team sport that was sometimes used as an alternative to warfare to settle tribal disputes. Our version will be no contact. Limited equipment will be available therefore participation for this event will be sign up only with a minimum age of 9years old. Call the park office to sign up for this event at 931-723-5073.
3:00 p.m. For thousands of years before the development of the bow and arrow, Native Americans used the atlatl spear thrower to hunt large game. Join us at the atlatl range in front of the museum and challenge yourself with this ancient weapon.
4:15 p.m. closing ceremonies.
8:00 p.m. in the maintenance field there will be a stomp dance social. This is a dance tribes all over the southeast used during religious ceremonies. Come vist and learn more about this dance and feel free to participate.
All day long Robert RedHawk Eldridge will have an authentic Cherokee camp set up and will be performing living Cherokee history.
For Sunday the 28th starting at 9:00 a.m. visit us in the museum for a kid centered activity learning about ancient communication. Watch as the kids create their own stories using petroglyphs.
A guided tour of the mound trail will be given at 10:30 a.m. Visitors can come on an interpretive hike of Old Stone Fort and learn how the mounds were made and the culture and history behind the people who made them.
At 1:15 p.m. on the front yard come by and visit to hear the sounds of beautiful music and learn the origins of the flute and love songs.
2:00 p.m. join us on the lawn in front of the visitor’s center to try your hand at using the weapon known as the atlatl; which was used to hunt and bring down large game during prehistoric times.
We will wrap up the day around 3:30. Visitors will have the opportunity to check out some artifacts and tools the Native Americans would have used thousands of years ago. An explanation of the artifacts will be given along with answers to any welcomed questions. Also learn the different view points on the science of archaeology.