Thu, Dec. 05

V-Bar-V Discovery Days offer hands-on history lesson

If your curiosity has ever taken you back to a time before the Americanization of the Verde Valley, then V Bar V Archaeological Discovery Days is a wonderful opportunity to satisfy your interests.

For three days, from Friday April 16 to Sunday April 18, you will have an opportunity to discover how the ancient and not so ancient people of the Verde Valley managed to survive and thrive.

It is also an opportunity to learn the importance of protecting that knowledge and the archeological sites from which that knowledge is derived.

The event last from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. all three days and will include numerous demonstrations, dancers, and exhibitions of ancient and Native American technologies and skills.

You will have an opportunity to taste roasted agave, a staple food of the Yavapai and Apache, throw an atl-atl dart, learn to make fire from friction, see how native pottery was fired and even chat with a mountain man.

The big day is Saturday when guests will be treated to the Yavapai Gourd Singers, starting at 10:30 a.m. followed by the opening of the agave-roasting pit at 11 a.m.

"This will be the first year we have had a three day event," says Terrilyn Green, cultural resource site coordinator for the Coconino National Forest, "Friday will be less crowded and even though you won't have the agave ready there will be plenty to do."

The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Forest, the Verde Valley Chapter of the Arizona Archeological Society, University of Arizona V Bar V Ranch, National park service and the Yavapai Apache Nation.

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