Native American Day held at Matilda and Karl Pfeiffer Museum

Thursday, September 19, 2013
Members of Venture Scout Crew #248 perform at the Native American Day

For the 10th year in a row, the Matilda and Karl Pfeiffer Museum and Study Center at Piggott hosted its annual Native American Day Saturday, Sept. 14. The local museum, which is home to a vast collection of Native American artifacts from across the region, holds the observance each fall in an effort to educate patrons on the rich local history.

Blessed with favorable weather, a good crowd turned out for the event and enjoyed the schedule of activities. Museum officials estimated the crowd at more than 400 on hand for this year's event, and were pleased with the turnout.

Once again this year amateur archeologist Dub Lyerly, from Ash Flat, was on hand to help identify artifacts and offer insight into those who inhabited the region in centuries past and how they put the tools to work. He was joined by another amateur expert, Dan Martin of Paragould.

Flint knappers were also on hand, including David Flannery who has made several appearances at the previous nine events. The knappers demonstrated the ancient art of fashioning tools and weapons from flint to those on hand, and answered questions about the process.

Another popular attraction was also back this year, as the Scouts of Venture Crew #248, from the Cape Girardeau area, performed Native American dances in full regalia. The Scouts also set up an authentic village, complete with tipi, to give those attending a sample of life during days gone by.

One new addition this year was the presence of local Girl Scout leaders, as they were on hand to recruit new members. They report the effort was a successful one, as several new Girl Scouts were signed up.

The local museum also boasts one of the largest privately-held collections of minerals, gems and crystals.

The remainder of the year the museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Fridays, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Those wanting more information may call them at 870 598-3228 or visit their website at www.pfeifferfoundation.com

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