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FT. PAYNE, AL (WAFF) -

Little River Canyon National Preserve will celebrate American Indian Heritage Month with a series of free programs on Nov. 16.

Park Ranger Larry Beane will hold programs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Little River Canyon Center. Southeastern American Indian tools and games will be demonstrated, and visitors can try their hand at stickball and chunkey games. An atlatl, or spear throwing, area will also be set up.

Visitors can drill holes with prehistoric-style drills and try using nutting and grinding stones to prepare food for storage or cooking.

Demonstrations of flintknapping, the art of making arrowheads and spear points, will be held throughout the day. Fires will also be made using a bow drill.

The Department of the Interior and the nation will observe National American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month from Nov. 1 to Nov. 30. American Indian and Alaska Native cultures, traditions, ancestry and contributions will be celebrated.

This year's national theme is "Guiding Our Destiny with Heritage and Tradition."

For more information, call 256-845-9605 or visit http://www.nps.gov/liri.

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