Atlatl Club

An atlatl is a hunting technology that was invented thousands of years ago and used by people all over the world. The atlatl is commonly called a spear thrower – a dart is attached to a long shaft, placed on the atlatl, and then thrown. The atlatl essentially gives the thrower a second elbow, allowing the dart to be thrown further and faster than a traditional spear (the best throwers in the world can throw it the length of a football field and at speeds up to 78 mph!). Indigenous people in the Americas have been using the atlatl for thousands of years and we have found dart points at the Bodo Archaeological Site indicating that atlatls were used here.

If you’d like to learn how to use an atlatl and practice your throw in a safe, fun environment, consider joining our Atlatl Club! All ages and skill levels are welcome.

When: Tuesdays @ 7-8 PM from July 6 to August 24, 2021 (8 weeks total)

Where: Bodo Archaeological Interpretive Centre, 1 St. Railway Ave., Bodo, AB

Cost: $40 for 8 weeks

Details: We provide both adult and kid size atlatls but you are welcome to bring your own if you have one (we get our atlatls from https://www.albertaatlatl.com/). Participants will be divided into age categories and then will take turns throwing at a target. We will use the World Atlatl Association rules and score sheets (but will modify as needed for each age). At the end of the 8 weeks, prizes will be awarded for each age group and for participation!

How to Sign Up: Click on the Register Now button below. We will take a maximum of 20 participants – first come, first serve. On the first night (July 6) we will take payment and sign waivers.

Questions? Email us! bodoarchaeology@gmail.com

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