HUDSON MENG HOSTS KNAP-IN, ARTIFACT ROAD SHOW, ATLATL CHAMPIONSHIP

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By John Axtell

Luke Hittner knapping stone tools at Hudson Meng

Luke Hittner knapping stone tools at Hudson Meng

Labor Day marks the traditional end of the summer tourism season and the Hudson Meng bison bonebed Education and Research Center northwest of Crawford is celebrating with a whole weekend of special events.

Lead Ranger Kathleen Hanson says two of the most popular Hudson Meng events highlight the weekend: the 26th annual Knap-In and the latest visit by the Artifact Roadshow experts.

Kathleen Hanson with projectile point found near Hudson Meng

Kathleen Hanson with projectile point found near Hudson Meng

This is the second year Hudson Meng has offered the Artifact Roadshow program and Hanson hopes a lot of people will again come in and see if the professional archaeologists and artifact identification experts can help them identify their treasures.

Hanson says the weekend also includes more demonstrations of primitive skills such as weaving yucca into cords to make a rope, using yucca and pine needles to make baskets, and brain tanning hides. There’s also Hudson Meng’s 2nd-annual Atlatl Throwing Competition.

Luke HIttner demonstrates proper atlatl form

Luke HIttner demonstrates proper atlatl form

Although the tourist season ends Monday, Hudson Meng will remain open from 9-5 in September on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Governor Dave Heineman has declared Celebrate Nebraska Archaeology Month, with statewide events. Hudson Meng drew the honor of kicking it off with this weekend’s Knap-In.