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Meet Our Demonstrators

​Our demonstrators are at the heart of Living Archaeology Weekend. They lend their skills and talents to promote public understanding of and appreciation for the technologies and lifeways of Kentucky's Native and Pioneer peoples. 

Click on the underlined names below to learn more about the dedicated demonstrators who bring the past to life at Living Archaeology Weekend!


Tressa Brown tanning animal hide

Hides + Brains = Moccasins

Tressa Brown demonstrates the methods and materials used by Native peoples since the Paleoindian period to tan animal hides and to make center-seam Woodland-style moccasins.

Roberta Burnes demonstrating

Roberta Burnes demonstrates how cattails are gathered, processed, and woven into mats, which Native peoples used as house walls since the Paleoindian period. 

The Versatile Cattail

Twist 'n Twine

Chris Pappas at demonstration table

Archaeologist Chris Pappas 

demonstrates the weaving technique called twining, used by Native peoples since the Paleoindian period to make clothing, bags, sandals, and other textiles. 

The Longhunters

Pat Trader with longhunter rifle

Archaeologist Pat Trader describes the lives of longhunters, or professional animal hide hunters, and demonstrates longhunters' clothing and firearms from Kentucky's Historic frontier period.  

Music from Nature

Barbara Graham making a flute

Barbara Graham demonstrates how Native peoples in the Archaic, Woodland, & Late Prehistoric periods used river cane, bone, and wood to manufacture flutes and other items

Cane Artistry

Robin McBride Scott uses archaeological specimens to recreate Southeastern basketry and mat making with river cane, a technology that began in the Archaic period. 

Distaffs & Niddy-Noodies

JoAnn Oborski at spinnig wheel

JoAnn Oborski, assisted by Susan and Rick Rindchen, demonstrates techniques and display tools used by Historic period pioneers to spin threads and weave textiles

People using pump drill

Drill Baby Drill

Students demonstrate how Native peoples made and used pump drills beginning in the Archaic Period.

Crafting in Stone

Archaeologists Larry Beane and 

Jon Endonino demonstrate flintknapping, the manufacture of chipped-stone tools used by Native peoples since the Paleoindian period. 

Doug Meyer and blowguns

Blowguns: Accuracy is Key

Doug Meyer demonstrates the manufacture and shooting of Cherokee blowguns used for hunting small game since the Historic Period.


Phil Bishop

Phil Bishop demonstrates the manufacture and use of many types of ground-stone tools, focusing on stone axes used in woodworking since the Archaic period.

Tammy Beane demonstrating

Tammy Beane demonstrates how to make Southeastern pottery and describes how Woodland-Late Prehistoric period Native peoples used it for storing and cooking food. 

Clay Artistry & Utility

Frank Bodkin helping student with spear thrower

Archaeologists Randy Boedy 

and Frank Bodkin demonstrate how Archaic and Woodland period Native peoples launched spears using a spear thrower, or atlatl. 

The Atlatl Innovation

Jerry Wheeless demonstrating blacksmithing

Blacksmith Jerry Wheeless 

demonstrates the tools and techniques of Historic period blacksmiths, including forging, welding, heat-treating, and finishing. 

Forging Ahead


Cherokee Traditions

American Indians in Pow Wow clothing

Members of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, Choogie Kingfisher and Mike Killer, share traditional and contemporary Cherokee stories and speak the Cherokee language. On Friday, they teach visitors how to play stickball, a fast-paced game of teamwork played by Native peoples.

Bluegrass Music

The Bowlin Davis Band, performs traditional music from Appalachia played in claw hammer style on banjo and washtub bass. 

Rockin' Art & Mortars

Archaeologist Johnny Faulkner demonstrates the methods and tools Native peoples used to make rock art. He contrasts bedrock mortars used by Native peoples and wood mortars use by pioneers to process nuts and corn.


Cooking in Nature's Kitchen


Keith Grenoble demonstrates open-hearth cooking methods used by Native peoples from the Paleoindian to Late Prehistoric periods.

Nature's Medicine Cabinet


Botanist Kim Feeman discusses how Native peoples in all time periods and Historic period settlers gathered and used local plants for medicinal purposes.

Cooking Like Great-Great Grandma

Archaeologist Jason Flay demonstrates open-hearth cooking methods used by Historic period settlers. Enjoy soup beans and cornbread on Saturday!

From Forest to Garden: Native Plant Domestication

Archaeologist Renee Bonzani and students display Native plants and tools used to plant, harvest, and process domesticated crops since Archaic times.

The Golden Plant: From Corn to Cornmeal

Archaeologist Lori Stahlgren demonstrates pioneer corn processing techniques (shelling, grinding, sifting) from the Historic period.

The Not-So-Common Bean

Heirloom plant expert Bill Best shares his deep love and broad knowledge of the common bean and its long Kentucky heritage, from the Late Prehistoric period to today.


Kentucky's Rich Heritage


Kentucky Archaeological Survey staff discusses archaeological site preservation and exhibit educational materials about Kentucky’s prehistoric and historic archaeology.

From Collecting to Respecting

Katherine Mueller asks visitors to consider the critical role they play as stewards of our fragile archaeological heritage. 

Register of Treasures

Visit Gladie Cabin where USFS Staff describe the cabin’s rich history. Tour the interior and explore ways to recognize historic places, like the National Register of Historic Places.

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