Red Rock Ranger District celebrates Heritage Month in March

Release Date: Feb 26, 2013  

Contact(s): Red Rock Ranger District (928-203-2900)

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

The demonstrations show how natives met their needs for food, shelter and clothing, and 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:

Saturday: Demonstrations of ancient technology and children’s activities at the Red Rock Ranger District Visitor Center, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy seeing an artifact display, gourd artwork and Native American flute music. Activities for kids will include building a model cliff dwelling and pit house, making pictographs on sandstone and make a toy using an ancient technology pump drill.

March 9 and March 16: Demonstrations of ancient technology at V Bar V Heritage Site, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., including fire by friction and demonstrations of a variety of ancient technology tools. V Bar V Heritage Site is located two and a half miles southeast of Interstate 17 from the Sedona exit 298.

March 23 – 24: V Bar V Archaeology Discovery Days at the V Bar V Heritage site from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There will be many demonstrations of ancient technology for you to see and learn about; fire by friction, yucca fiber sandals, firing pottery, throwing “darts” at the atlatl course, spinning and weaving cotton, 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.

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 check out our website at