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Art of Hunting

Can you survive the wild?

November 20
Test your skill, luck, and resilience at Burpee Museum's Art of Hunting 

Humans have been surviving and thriving in North America for thousands of years, but they have not always had our modern luxuries. Before there were planes, trains, and automobiles, humanity had learned to hunt, communicate, and live using only the resources of the land around them. On this special event day, you can learn the habits humans used to survive, see the tools of the trade, and even try your own hand at hunting giant mammals as we explore life and culture thousands of years in the making. 

With interactive special exhibits, demonstrations presented by local indigenous people, and make-and-take activities located throughout the museum, Burpee will have engaging fun for all ages!

Time: 10-5pm

Pricing: $14 Adults | $12 Youth | FREE Children Under 3

Members are FREE!!

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What You Will Find:
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old stone tools
Stone Axe

Flintknapping created weapons and tools used for daily life, including stone axes. Axes could be used to cut down trees or farming!

Art of Hunting Demo
Hands On Activities

Meet various ambassadors of technique to try your hand at different hunting tools.

Indian Lore
Projectile Points

Stone tools used for hunting are called projectile points, not just arrowheads. This is because not all projectile points were used as arrows- Some were instead used with spears!

What Animals were hunted?

Humans have been living in North America since the Pleistocene and are known to have hunted large mammals like mammoths!

Mammals of Illinois
White Tail Deer

The white tailed deer, like many other animals, were important because the meet could feed multiple family members, their pelts used for clothes, and their bones could be used for tools.

Ceremonial demonstration
Demonstrations by Indigenous People

Learn history and view demonstrations, music, and dance passed from elders in the community