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Early Native People
of the Schuylkill Valley

Sunday, July 20th
1 to 4 PM

Lock 60 at Schuylkill Canal Park, 400 Towpath Rd., Mont Clare, Pa, 610-917-8030
The SCA is pleaed to have Matthew D. Harris, RPA, to present his findings of the early native people of the Schuylkill Valley, who were using the river resources and living on the land thousands of years before us. Matt is going to discuss the context of the land during this time, the Middle Woodland Period people and their forays and settlement in the Schuylkill Valley for seasonal fish migrations and regional trade in tool making resources evident from lithic materials, biface and ceramic types found in our region. Weather permitting, the indoor presentation will be followed by a moderately difficult 1.5 hour hike up the first ravine to the same vistas of the Schuylkill River Valley seen by these early native people.

Ages: 12 and up with an adult, $10 donation, pre-registration required, meet at Locktender’s House.

Flint knapping: The Art of Making Stone Tools

Sunday, August 17th, 1 to 4 PM

Have you ever marveled at the craftsmanship of stone points made by Native Americans or thought I’d like to learn how to do that? This workshop is designed to give a beginner the tools, knowledge and materials they need to make their own arrowheads and other stone tools. 

The workshop will review local history of stone tools, equipment and materials, safety, and techniques. Then after a demonstration, we’ll have hands-on-practice. Each participant will receive a copy of The Art of Making Stone Tools, antler and dogwood billets, copper-tipped pressure flaker, leather knee pad, and two pounds of Arkansas novaculite, an $85 value. 

The workshop fee is $75 and includes an SCA annual membership. Chips and points are extremely sharp and participants must sign a waiver and have long leg pants and close toed shoes. Safety glasses, leather gloves, and band aides (you will get cut) will be provided.

Ages: 15 and up with an adult, $75 fee that includes and a year SCA membership, pre-registration and waiver required, meet at Locktender’s House. This workshop will be limited to twelve people and early registration is recommended. E-MAIL: programs@schuylkillcanal.com

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