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MVC wrestler Shay Shive tosses an atlatl.

MVC wrestler Shay Shive aims an atlatl spear.

Missouri Valley College hosted a Missouri Atlatl Association and World Atlatl Association-sanctioned event, which was sponsored in part by the Pigs & Yams Society of MVC Anthrology on Saturday, April 13, at the Reed Kepner Field behind the football stadium.

William Romine (front), Milena Simic, and Peter Warnock return from seeing how they did at the target. (Photo by David L. Roberts)

William Romine (front), Milena Simic, and Peter Warnock return from seeing how they did at the target. (Photo by David L. Roberts)

Anthropology Assistant Professor Peter Warnock said the atlatl is an ancient

MVC senior Ryan Dougherty gives atlatl-throwing a first-time try.

MVC senior Ryan Dougherty gives atlatl-throwing a first-time try.

spear thrower used by many cultures around the world. Warnock and others assisted in showing students new to competition about how to hold and throw the atlatl spear. Warnock as well as Milena Simic, assistant professor of Business Administration, and William Romine, assistant professor of Chemistry, competed as a team against a visiting team of atlatl enthusiasts.

Events included practice target shooting and an International Standard Accuracy Contest throw. Members of the Sedalia chapter of the Missouri Archeaological Society were present to share information about stone tools and Native American culture in Missouri.

MVC football player Nijel Daw was left-handed with his first-time atlatl throwers.

MVC football player Nijel Daw was left-handed with his first-time atlatl throwers.

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