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Russel Cave hosts upcoming events

Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Native American Plants            

 On May 19th, at 10 a.m. CST noted ethnobotanist Dr. Candace Hollenbach’s from the University of Tennessee will be presenting a free lecture on prehistoric foodways among hunting-gathering and agricultural peoples of the southeastern United States. For thousands of years a variety of Native Americans hunted and gathered a range of food sources that inhabited the vast landscape of Russell Cave. If you have ever been intrigued by these past hunters and gatherers than come and enjoy a firsthand experience with a unique Prehistoric culture.

“Three sisters,” bean, corn and squash, plant program details historic Native American agriculture system

On at 11 a.m. on July 7, Park officials will host a Native American agricultural presentation at Russell Cave National Monument.

Native Americans planted three seeds in the same mound of soil. The corn plant provided a ladder for the bean vine and together they gave shade to the squash.

Feel connected to the history of this land, regardless of your ancestry by participating in Native American gardening activities planned by education staff from the Huntsville Botanical Garden in Huntsville, Ala.

We will show you how to plant your own Three Sisters garden and help you make a Corn Husk Doll while we share stories passed down from ancient peoples about Native American gardening.  Sample Yellow Squash Soup and Bean Bread made from traditional Cherokee recipes. Take home Three Sister garden plans and seeds.

For more information about this and other programs at Russell Cave National Monument. Please contact Antoine Fletcher at: or call (256) 495-2672.

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