Red Rock Ranger District to celebrate Heritage Awareness Month in March

Release Date: Feb 28, 2014  

Contact(s): Red Rock Visitor Center: 928-203-2900

SEDONA, Ariz. – The Red Rock Ranger District of Coconino National Forest will be hosting demonstrations at the Visitor Center and heritage sites for visitors to learn about the ancient technologies of native people.

The demonstrations show how native people met their needs for food, shelter and clothing. The events will continue through the month of March since it is Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month.

The following is an outline of the programs planned for March on the Red Rock Ranger District:

March 7: Demonstrations of ancient technology at the Red Rock Ranger District Visitor Center, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Learn from expert fire maker Al Cornell as he demonstrates several ways to make fire by friction. Listen to experienced outdoorsman Bob Erb as he shares his knowledge about a wide range tools, weapons, and materials that he modeled after tools used by native people of the southwest.

March 22-23: V Bar V Archaeology Discovery Days at the V Bar V Heritage site from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be many demonstrations of ancient technology; fire by friction, ancient tools technology, throwing “darts” at the atlatl course, spinning and weaving cotton, flintknapping, ethnobotany, mountain man camp, Yavapai-Apache Nation Bird Dancers and Gourd Singers, and Hopi piki bread and parched corn. Kids’ activities will include making clay pinch pots, making pictographs and grinding corn on a metate.

March 22: Ken Zoll will be at the V Bar V Heritage site petroglyph site from 12-3 p.m. He will begin his talk about the solar calendar at 1 p.m. in honor of the spring equinox.

The goal of the Coconino National Forest, Red Rock Ranger District Heritage program is to create an exciting learning environment about ancient cultures in order to encourage respect and appreciation for all archaeological sites. Site etiquette messages are emphasized in all of our education materials.

If you have questions about any of these activities, please call the Red Rock Ranger District at (928)-203-2900 or visit