|August 16, 2011
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ECHO Offers Pottery Program and Prehistoric Roadshow,
Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11 at 1 p.m.
BURLINGTON, Vt. — ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science
Center will delve further into Native American tradition with a
“come and go” pottery program this fall. ECHO, in conjunction
with the Vermont Archaeology Society, will host a two-day
archaeology workshop for visitors of all ages on September 10th
and 11th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Charles Paquin, archaeologist and artist, will
lead ECHO visitors in an interactive and educational experience
over the course of two days. The first day of the program,
September 10, will consist of a hands-on lesson in making pinch
pots and coil bowls. The hand-building methods used to create
this pottery will reflect those used by Native American tribes
long ago. Guests will go home with their own pieces of pottery.
The second day of the program, September 11,
will have a more archaeological focus where ECHO guests are
invited to bring their own archaeological finds. Charles Paquin
will analyze the items and share his thoughts about their
history. He will also discuss how to shape stones and other
natural materials into tools through a flint-knapping
demonstration. Paquin will sit on the floor, as Native Americans
did, and use ancient tools and rocks to create arrow points
similar to those used for hunting.
ECHO guests will walk away with their own
pottery and a better understanding of the archaeology of the
Native People in the Lake Champlain Lowlands. The public is
welcome to learn these Native American crafts through
participation or just come and watch. The two-day program is
free with admission to ECHO.
For more information call (toll-free)
1.877.324.6386 or visit
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is located at the
Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, on Vermont’s Burlington
Waterfront. ECHO features 70 live species, more than 100
interactive experiences, changing and permanent exhibits and
seasonal events — all exploring the Ecology, Culture, History,
and Opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. The
2.2 acre Leahy Center environmental campus is also highlighted
by the Lake Champlain Basin Program Resource Room, UVM’s
Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, Lake Champlain Navy
Memorial, ECHO’s Eclectic Gift Shop, and ecology-themed Café
managed by Sugarsnap. Open year-round, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed
Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Day. For more information visit
echovermont.org, call (toll-free) 1.877.324.6386, or write to
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Leahy Center for Lake
Champlain, One College Street, Burlington, VT 05401.