Sunday, July 25, 2010
Journey From Minnesota West to St Francis SD - Atlatl Hunting Anyone?
Scott Tower, in front, welcomed Jeff and I to the Traverse de Sioux Treaty site in St Peter, along with a lot of 6 legged biting relatives...the insect nation! Here is the natural prairie on the way to the Minnesota River. Scott welcomed us to his home for sandwiches and lemonade on N Mankato on Monday. Thanks Scott for a great beginning on our journey west. Fun to chat with Scott and his daughter about probiotics and gut health too!
Jeff Thurston at the Jeffers Petroglyphs welcoming sign in Dakota/Lakota.
Jeff learning to propel the darts at a buffalo some distance out with instruction by Atlatl Paula who is a teacher at the historic site. Thanks Paula!
Here is an explanation of how to use the Atlatl on the walk to the petroglyphs.
And here is the documentation that this tall guy in blue actually hit the buffalo with the atlatl assisted dart! Paula mentioned that around 12,000 years ago, this tool allowed humans, we 2 leggeds to be an upper part of the food chain. Wonder how long that will last? :-)