Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village announces new findsThe Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village’s archaeology team has reported new finds. A bison scapula hoe and a “wonderfully carved” awl made of a fox tibia were recently found.
The Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village’s archaeology team has reported new finds. A bison scapula hoe and a “wonderfully carved” awl made of a fox tibia were recently found.
Archaeologists also found a stone drill point and some beads. “These finds show that the people who lived here really were not primitive at all, but a rather sophisticated culture that enjoyed music and pretty things such as jewelry and fine pottery,” said a news release from the Indian Village. “We can learn much from the small items as well as the big items.”
At 7 p.m. on July 30, the Prehistoric Indian Village will feature master storyteller Jerome Kills Small for an “Evening of Storytelling and Friendship.” Kills Small is an instructor of Native language studies at the University of South Dakota, a recipient of the Distinguished Scholar of the Year award and a former Poet of the Year. He is Oglala Sioux, a traditional storyteller and oral historian.
Kills Small tells the stories of his elders, and the legends and tales they left for future generations. He tells of the memories of childhood, and stories for intergenerational history. Lakota oral tradition shows respect for animals, plants, the universe, and especially for the people. Kills Small uses an elk hide drum to accompany his songs. The drumbeat symbolizes the heartbeat of all living beings. The audience will be invited to participate in a friendship dance. Refreshments will be served. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $4 for students. Children under 5 will be admitted free.