AVELLA - The Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village will examine the everyday lives of 16th and 18th century American Indians during the fifth-annual American Indian Heritage Weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the museum located at 401 Meadowcroft Road.
The weekend features a variety of re-enactors who demonstrate traditional skills. Special presentations in the new 1770s frontier American Indian cabin will spotlight the similarities and differences between the lives of American Indians and European settlers in the Upper Ohio Valley and how they influenced each other.
Re-enactors also will explain the prehistoric and colonial era skills used by the American Indians, including hunting, fur-trading, cooking, weaving, decorative porcupine quill work, hide-tanning, tool-making and a creek-side demonstration of native fishing techniques.
Meadowcroft’s American Indian Heritage Weekend Saturday and Sunday will feature a variety of re-enactors who will demonstrate traditional American Indian skills and bring Meadowcroft’s 16th century American Indian village to life.
Visitors can explore the interior of a wigwam, inspect carefully prehistoric tools, learn about American Indian agriculture and use an atlatl, a prehistoric spear thrower.
The visitor's center also will host a special exhibit with works by local artist Andrew Knez Jr., who is known for his frontier paintings that illustrate the lives of American Indians and backwoodsmen from the Ohio Valley.
Included in admission are tours of the Meadowcroft Rockshelter, a National Historic Landmark and the oldest site of human habitation in North America, featuring a 16,000-year-old rock overhang used by the region's earliest inhabitants for shelter. Visitors also can step back in time at Meadowcroft's Historic Village, a recreated Upper Ohio Valley Village from the mid-19th century.
The American Indian Heritage Weekend event is included with regular admission, which is $12 for adults, $11 for senior citizens and $6 for children ages 6-17.
Children younger than age 6 and History Center members get in free.