Museum of the Coastal Bend hosts “Hunger Games” style activity for Banned Books Week

Use of an atlatl would be a life-saving skill in The Hunger Games. MCB's Bent Sticks Atlatl Club will demonstrate on Thurs., Oct. 4 during Banned Books Week.

In conjunction with Banned Books Week, the Museum of the Coastal Bend on the Victoria College campus is hosting an atlatl-throwing presentation to showcase skills demonstrated in the banned book, “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins.

On Thursday, Oct. 4 from 1 – 2:30 p.m., members of MCB’s “Bent Sticks” Atlatl Club will be in the Quad area at VC to perform demonstrations and provide instructions in the proper use of an atlatl.

An atlatl is an ancient weapon whose use preceded the bow and arrow. It’s also one of humankind’s first mechanical inventions.

“An atlatl is a stick with a handle on one end and a hook that engages a light dart on the other,” said Sue Prudhomme, director of cultural affairs at VC and the museum. “The flipping motion of the atlatl propels the dart much faster and farther than it can be thrown by hand alone.”

Participants at the demonstration are welcome to sign up to become a member of MCB’s Bent Sticks Atlatl Club. Members of the club participate in competitions and demonstrate their skills at regional events.

The demonstration is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. Snacks and drinks are included.

For more information, please contact the Museum of the Coastal Bend at (361) 582-2511. 

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What: Museum of the Coastal Bend's "Bent Sticks" Atlatl Club demonstration

When: Thursday, Oct. 4 from 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Where: VC Quad area

Who: Free and open to the public; all ages welcome

Published: Friday, 28 September 2012

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