Archeology Presentation Features Plains Peoples
Hamilton’s presentation, A Closer Look at Subsistence Skills of the Historic and Prehistoric Plains Peoples, begins at 2:00 p.m. in the Gilbert Science Center auditorium (room100).
He is the founder of Spirit-in-the-Wind, a teaching facility dedicated to the preservation and re-discovery of prehistoric and historic Plains Native American skills and cultures. He works with Native Americans and conducts extensive research of archeological records and his own experimental archeology to produce historically accurate replicas as well as the skills of a particular culture.
Hamilton will discuss technologies such as fire-making apparatus, traditional hide-tanning and the different processes and tools used for clothing, footwear, tools and weapons; use of hide-covered, wood framework boats in the Missouri River region, and alternative tools used for flint knapping.
The program is funded by Augustana College’s Mellon Fund Committee, the Archeology Laboratory of Augustana, and the Sioux Falls chapter of the South Dakota Archaeological Society.
Hamilton’s talk is open to the public and will be followed by a question/answer session. Refreshments will be served.
Image above, right: Rick Hamilton tests his replica buffalo hide bullboat at Archeology Days at the Prehistoric Indian Village, Mitchell, S.D.
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