The Milford Marine Institute recently acquired a mid-19th Century native American Sioux arrow with lithic point and feathers fastened by buffalo sinew for its museum collections.
The arrow will be handled by campers this summer at the institute’s 32nd year of Archaeology/Native American Culture Camps.
Also acquired were several pairs of old Native American beaded moccasins of Mohawk, Cree and another of possibly Kiowa origin. A Sioux hat band dating from the 1880s was also acquired.
Each of the objects will be shown and handled by campers during the two sessions of camp run jointly by the institute and the Milford Recreation Department this summer. Session A will be July 6-10 and Session B will be July 13-17.
Three days of digs at an actual native village will be part of the program as campers “seek to find the tools of our ancestors.”
“Last summer, for example, a camper found a large red lithic felsite spear tip which was matched with its base found in 2011, exactly 13 feet, 10 inches apart and at the same depth,” said Program Director Tim Chaucer.
The institute is also currently accepting registration for its Marine Biology Camp, which runs June 22-26, and Marine Biology Art Camp, which runs June 29-July 1, as well as its Bird Identification Camp, which runs July 20-July 24.
To reach the institute call 203-874-4000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Details about camps can be found at milfordmarineinstitute.org.