Although Hernan Cortez and his Spanish conquistadors ended up conquering the Aztecs and other civilizations of the New World in the 16th Century, it wasn’t without quite a fight from the natives. One of the unusual and fearsome weapons they faced was the atlatl, an ingenious tool that allowed the natives to hurl small arrows more than 90 miles per hour.
The Herrett Center for Arts and Science will hold a two-hour presentation followed by a four-hour workshop Friday and Saturday, May 23 and 24 to teach participants what the atlatl is and how to make their own, using locally-gathered materials. The workshop will finish with a contest among the participants to see who is most skilled with the ancient weapon.
The cost for the class is $50 and students must pre-register. For more information or to sign up, please call the Herrett Center front desk at 732-6655.