Saturday in the Park is a series of programs designed to educate the visiting public at Moundville Archaeological Park about the life ways of the Mississippian Indians who once inhabited the Moundville site. The majority of these programs are free with paid park admission. Check at museum or admission building for details, or call 205-371-8732. Most programs run from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Southeastern Shellcarving – October 19
Join master carver Dan Townsend as he demonstrates and exhibits his work. Rooted in traditional Southeastern Indian culture, stories are intertwined into the animals and symbols Dan carves in a variety of different, yet equally beautiful shell. As a young boy growing up in the Florida Keys and the Everglades, he watched his grandmother draw, paint, sew and crochet. He listened to his grandfather tell stories. Today, Dan Townsend has created hundreds of unique replicas and personal interpretations of Native American designs based on artifacts such as ornaments and ceremonial objects that have survived
the ravages of time in the Southeast. His carved medicine cups, gorgets (or pendants) and earrings are used in American Indian ceremonies, displayed in museums and worn by people all over the world. Anthropologists and archaeologists have singled his work out for praise for its artistic, academic and educational merits.
This season’s Saturday in the Park was made possible by a private donation from one of our supporters. All programs listed above, including hands-on make and take activities, are included as part of the park’s admission fee. For more information contact the park’s education office at 205-371-8732. Persons interested in making donations to Saturday in the Park or other University of Alabama Museum programs can contact Kelli Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org.