Pueblo Grande Museum Event Lets Visitors Try Hand at the Past
Pueblo Grande Museum is giving residents a hands-on experience with the technology used by the ancient Hohokam, who called the Phoenix area home centuries ago. At Ancient Technology Day, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 10, visitors can try their hand throwing an atlatl (spear)
(PressZoom) - Pueblo Grande Museum is giving residents a hands-on experience with the technology used by the ancient Hohokam, who called the Phoenix area home centuries ago. At Ancient Technology Day, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 10, visitors can try their hand throwing an atlatl (spear), create their own petroglyph, weave their own cloth, and try roasted agave (slow-cooked in the traditional way in an earthen oven).
Demonstrators will be on hand to show visitors how prehistoric people created various technologies.¬ For instance, the museum will have people demonstrating flintknapping (making of arrowheads), pottery, shell and stone jewelry, weaving and more. Admission to the event and museum are free for the day.
Thanks to a grant from Phoenix Suns Charities, the 2012 event will be the biggest yet, integrating music for the first time. Visitors can join the museumís artist in residence group, Radio Healer, as they perform traditional songs using instruments made from modern technology. Festival participants also can enjoy performances by the Gila Crossings School Basket Dancers and the Phoenix Indian Center Dine (Navajo) singing group. The museum also will host a workshop in which visitors can turn old technology (such as a Wii remote) into an instrument.¬
In addition to the demonstrators and performances, children can enjoy free craft activities or try food from the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Communityís traditional kitchen. Fry bread will be available for purchase.¬ ¬ ¬
The museum is located at 4619 E. Washington St. in east-central Phoenix.
More information is available on the museum website at pueblogrande.com or by calling 602-495-0901.¬
David Urbinato Stacey Mays¬¬¬ 602-262-4994 602-534-1572
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