Relive the early 1800s and experience Native American culture by visiting the third annual Bear Creek Rendezvous, to be held 9 a.m. to dusk Saturday, Aug. 11, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, at the Mark Twain Cave Complex, 300 Cave Hollow Road, in Hannibal.

The event, sponsored by Standing Bear Council, aims to educate attendees about tribal history and culture.

 To bring awareness of the Native American way of life, the Cave staff have enlisted the help of the Keokuk, Iowa, nonprofit Standing Bear Council, the mission of which is to educate about Native Americans.

The event will include demonstrations of primitive knife and tomahawk throwing, woodworking, flint napping, gun-ball making, tanning, pottery making and Native American cooking. Children’s games will be played, and Native American genealogy will be shared.

There also will be an open-air market and tribal music and dancing.

Teepees will be set up, too.

“Rendezvous” was 1800s trapper jargon for the sale and trade of furs, hides and other goods. Representatives of fur companies announced each spring or summer where they would drive their mule trains, and trappers then would set out with their skins and hides to meet the fur companies at those locations.

A rendezvous was known as a lively place where trappers, Native Americans and others would gather to dance, play music, feast, compete in contests of skill and, of course, trade and sell goods.

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