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Lubbock Lake Landmark Celebrating 12,000 Years of Cultural Heritage

Heidi Toth

October 8, 2015

The landmark’s fall festival includes Native American storytelling and family-friendly activities.

WHAT:     The Lubbock Lake Landmark's Fall Festival of Cultural Heritage, which commemorates 12,000 years of history and culture on the Southern High Plains, concludes Saturday with a day of special demonstrations and family-friendly activities.

Landmark staff will give demonstrations and presentations on Native American culture. Hands-on activities include creating seed mosaics and corn husk action figures, decorating a tree cookie and more. There also will be “Storytelling with Eldrena Douma.” Douma is a nationally known Native American storyteller who uses her experiences and imagination as she creates stories and retells legends from her youth on the Laguna and Hopi reservations.

WHEN:     10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 10)
                Storytelling with Eldrena Douma: 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.

WHERE:     Lubbock Lake Landmark, 2401 Landmark Drive (accessible via marked Loop 289 exits or following signs on U.S. 84 through Landmark Lane)
About the Lubbock Lake Landmark
Once the site of an ancient spring-fed watering hole, the Lubbock Lake Landmark has produced evidence of an unbroken human presence spanning 12,000 years. One of the few places in North America that reveals continuous occupation, the site has yielded early tools and weapons as well as the remains of many extinct animals, including mammoths, ancient camels, two types of ancient horses, ancient bison, giant short-faced bears and giant armadillos. The site was discovered in 1936 as the city of Lubbock attempted to revive the underground springs. Excavations began in 1939 and now are conducted annually in July.