Folklife Feature: Chipalottas Flintknapping Group


Have you ever been curious and wanted to know how those arrowheads and tools you found were made? Well, come on out to the Folk Festival and find out. There will be hands-on demonstrations on tool making by the Chipalottas Flintknapping Group Saturday, July 15 from 8 am – 5 pm in Prather Coliseum.

The original member/founder of Chipalottas had an interest in making arrowheads since childhood. In the mid 80s he found seminars at the Poverty Point archaeology site. As he learned and came up with his own techniques, he taught two more seminars locally. Since then the group has expanded by word of mouth with a semi-permanent core of about 12 people. Anyone with an interest is encouraged to get in touch with the group. Their goals are simple: to continue the art of flintknapping through future generations. Currently they have members ages 12-70.

For information about joining the group contact them at

The 38th annual Natchitoches-Northwestern Folk Festival will be held July 14-15 in Prather Coliseum on the Northwestern State University campus. Festival hours are 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Tickets are $13 for an advance all-events pass through July 11. Advance tickets are free for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door for $6 for Friday night, $10 for all day Saturday or $6 for Saturday after 5 p.m.