A buffalo meat buffet and Native crafts for kids will be among the highlights of
the Buffalo Roast and Family Fest on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at
the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, 3001 Central St. (at Central Park
Avenue) in northwest Evanston.
Visitors can dine on buffalo in the form of grilled burgers and
sausages, along with other Native-inspired foods including rice and corn dishes
and a berry dessert.
At 3 p.m., guest presenters will demonstrate a skill known as
flint-knapping — the ancient art of shaping flint into sharp-edged cutting tools
and hunting implements. They will also display and discuss stone artifacts and
pottery remnants representing different eras of Native American life in the
Chicago area dating back thousands of years. The items were found in area forest
preserves and at other local sites.
At Native craft workshops, children can learn to make finger weavings,
dream catchers, and “god’s eyes.”
Raffle prizes will include books on Native American subjects.
Admission to the event, including the buffet, is $25 for adults, $10
for children ages 12 and under. Pre-paid advance reservations are advised. A
form can be downloaded from the museum’s Web site
Those not wishing to dine or participate in the raffle can visit the
museum during its regular Sunday hours of noon to 4 p.m. to attend the
flint-knapping demonstration and discussion, take part in the festival’s family
activities, and view the new “Stories in Stone” exhibit opening that day, all
for a regular museum entry donation. Suggested donations are $5 for adults;
$2.50 for seniors, students, and children. Maximum suggested admission per
family is $10. For information, phone (847) 475-1030. On the Net: