Tamástslikt hosts ancient tool tech talk Oct. 26

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PENDLETON — The Tamástslikt Cultural Institute Community Academy will hold two events about ancient tool technology, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Oct. 26.

Local educator Tom Bailor, will demonstrate how to make a wooden atlatl and dart.

The atlatl, a prehistoric weapon, is a wooden shaft with a hook-like spur at one end from which the dart is launched.

The atlatl enabled hunters to hunt big game from a distance.

The trajectory and accuracy of the atlatl was powerful enough to pierce animal hide.

Free material kits will be provided to the first 30 attendees. Advance registration is encouraged.

Former Oregon state archeologist Leland Gilsen will bring his “traveling museum” of Oregon native history.

With over 100 sq. ft. of display, the exhibit covers more than 14,000 years of the Northwest Coast, Columbia Plateau, and Inter-Mountain native cultures.

The display’s primary focus is on primitive technology and explores human technological solutions through material culture.

Gilsen will be on hand to explain and demonstrate the various tools and technologies.

Community Academy is open to the public for those age 10 years and older.

Tamástslikt Cultural Institute is at 47106 Wildhorse Blvd.

To preregister for the atlatl class, call Marjorie Waheneka, Tamástslikt Village coordinator, 541-429-7727 or email marjorie.waheneka@tamastslikt.org.

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