Knap-In to Spotlight Native American Stone Tools, Culture

A flint knapper demonstrates how to break down flint into tools and weapons.The University of Alabama’s Moundville Archaeological Park invites the West Alabama community to learn the Native American skill of flintknapping at the 19th annual Knap-In March 8-9.

The event will feature some of the best flintknappers from around the nation demonstrating the ancient art of making tools out of stone, bone or antler using only rocks.

“We hope all attendees gain a better understanding of the fascinating technology of making stone tools,” said Kayla Scott, education outreach coordinator at UA’s Moundville Archaeological Park. “It’s impossible to fully grasp how these tools are made and used by simply looking at them through an exhibit case.”

Aside from flintknapping, the event will showcase Native American culture in a variety of ways. Mrs. Juanita’s Choctaw Kitchen will prepare traditional Native American fare throughout the weekend. Children will be able to take part in a number of make and take craft activities, while the vendor’s market will appeal to all ages and include a variety of items.

Learn more about the Knap-In event by reading the full article on the UA news site.