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The Historical Society’s small collection of Native American artifacts were found along the Wallenpaupack and its East Branch over the years by long-time resident Anna Haag London and donated to the Society in 2019. Russell Cramer and Richard Poirier visited the museum on October 18 to analyze and interpret the artifacts. They helped us date the artifacts, most from the Archaic and Woodland Periods, and place them into historical context. Rich explained their original purpose and, with the assistance of McKenna McShane, a National Honor Society student at Wallenpaupack High School, demonstrated how atlatl greatly increased the effectiveness of the spear in hunting large game. Their presentation can be viewed on the GDHS YouTube channel:

McKenna McShane, National Honor Society student at Wallenpaupack High School, is learning how to throw the atlatl, a spear-throwing lever that Native American people used in hunting.