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Group to give demos on uses of stone tools

May 22, 2013 - By Andrea Novotny, Staff Writer

The Fort Thompson Green Blanket Map-In will provide the public with opportunities to learn about and participate in the creation and use of stone tools. The event, hosted by Burr and Chancey Garetson, will be at 9 a.m. Saturday through Tuesday at the Garetson Ranch, 8531 Highway 789.

A map-in is the term for a gathering of flint knappers, and knapping is the art of shaping stone into tools.

The Fort Thompson Green Blanket Map-In is free and no registration is necessary. Activities will be provided for participants of all ages.

The Wyoming Archaeology Society will attend from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Russell Richard, representing the Wyoming Atlatl Association, local flint knapper Burr Garetson, and others will demonstrate flint knapping, primitive bow shooting, spear throwing, atlatl use, obsidian spalling, and Clovis point making.

Attendees will get the chance to participate in many of the activities. There will be picnics.

In addition to being a unique learning opportunity, Garetson said he expects the event to be fun and culturally enlivening.

"I like to involve people in their past," Garetson said. "Stone tool making is something that belongs to all of us; nobody has ancestors that didn't make stone tools."

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