Sunday, September 13, 2009

Hammonassett Festival To Be Held October 3 - 4

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The Friends of Hammonassett will be holding their third bi-annual event at Hammonassett Beach State Park in Madison, Connecticut on October 3rd and 4th.

The festival celebrates nature and acquaints visitors with slices of Indian culture, including a workshop that will show you how to use an atlatl, a groomed rock that is held at the end of a spear to give it more speed when throwing it and was used prior to the bow and arrow. Artifacts from the area, some up to several thousand years old according to the sponsors of the festival, will be on display.

Others will demonstrate the art of making arrowheads (flint knapping) and other ancient technologies.

The U.S. Coast Guard will participate with the Native American Color Guard to begin the festival on Oct 3. The festival's Facebook profile describes the activities as "Two days of native American culture, art, music, dance, crafts, plus numerous exhibits relating to the environment and the world around us."

Connecticut DEP will hold a coyote exhibit and talk about living with coyotes. Taino Indians, from the Carribean, will display feathered headdresses, clay statues, gourds, weapons, musical instruments and other items from their culture.

The festival begins at 10 a.m. and its free.