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Grave Creek Mound Archaeology Complex to offer kids’ workshop on making an American Indian Animal Call on July 15 2006

Grave Creek Mound Archaeology Complex in Moundsville will conduct a workshop for kids in grades 4-8 who are interested in learning how to make an American Indian animal call. The workshop will take place from 1 - 2 :30 p.m. on Saturday, July 15. There is a $5 fee to cover the cost of materials. Space is limited and registration is required. The workshop is limited to 25 students.

Kids will make an Indian turkey call from natural plants that grow in West Virginia, and take it home with them after the workshop. Participants also will learn how to use their hands and voices to call in other kinds of animals like deer, squirrels and doves.

The workshop gives children a hands-on opportunity to learn how the prehistoric people of the Ohio River Valley made items using the natural materials in their environment. The workshop will be led by Joe Candillo, cultural programming coordinator for Grave Creek Mound.

For more information about the American Indian animal call workshop, contact Candillo at (304) 843-4128, ext. 202, or e-mail him at joe.candillo@wvculture.org.

Operated by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Grave Creek Mound Archaeology Complex features one of the largest and most famous burial mounds built by the prehistoric Adena people. A massive undertaking, construction of the mound took place in successive stages from about 250-150 B.C., and required the movement of more than 60,000 tons of earth. Exhibits and displays in the complex’s museum interpret what is known about the lives of these prehistoric people and the construction of the mound. The Archaeology Complex is located at 801 Jefferson Ave., in Moundsville. Operating hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4-30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. Visit the Division’s website at www.wvculture.org for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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