Saturday, March 11, 2017
9am – 3pm
Access to event included with regular museum admission. Children under 17 are free this day.
Miss Indian Arizona
Shaandiin Paul Parrish of the Navajo Tribe.
17th Annual Ancient Technology Day
What was it like to live in the days when technology was being invented? What were the tools we used to survive the harsh Sonoran desert? Come join us at our 17th annual celebration of invention and know-how by our ancestors.
Visitors can try their hand at throwing an atlatl (spear), weaving their own cloth, and sample roasted agave slow-cooked the traditional way, in an earthen oven.
Artists will be on hand to demonstrate how the Hohokam people used various technologies such as flintknapping (making of arrowheads), pottery, shell jewelry, weaving and more! Experts in historic technologies will demonstrate skills from the Pioneer Days of Arizona such as cotton spinning and adobe brick making!
In addition to hands-on demonstrations, families can enjoy free craft activities and games where they can practice their new ancient and historic technology skills. Tour the prehistoric platform mound, watch archaeology preservation demonstrations, and walk through the Park of Four Waters, an area with the remains of prehistoric hohokam canals not regularly open to the public. Fry bread will also be available for purchase!
The 55th Annual Miss Indian Arizona, Shaandiin Paul Parrish of the Navajo Tribe will be present for the opening of the event.