Atlatl 2013

The 2013 Blackater Draw Atlatl Competition is this Saturday, October 26th.

photo Atlatl poster oct 26Eastern New Mexico University is hosting the 13th Annual Fall Atlatl Competition on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Blackwater Draw Archaeological Site on Highway 467 between Clovis and Portales near Oasis State Park.

The gates open and practice begins at 9 a.m., followed by the competition at 10 a.m.  Those not wishing to compete are still welcome to make casual throws.  Atlatls will be provided.

Sponsored by Mu Alpha Nu and the Blackwater Draw Historic Landmark, admission is free and open to the public.

An atlatl is a primitive device for throwing a spear or dart that consists of a rod or board with a projection as a hook at the rear end to hold the weapon in place until released.  This extra length allows the thrower to throw the dart over a longer distance at higher speeds.

A BBQ in Portales will be provided for participants at approximately 5 p.m.  The location will be announced during the competition.

For more information, call George Crawford at (office) 575.356.5235 or (cell) or email


About George Crawford

archaeologist, archer, primitive technologist, and wannabee musician ... mostly
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