Buffalo Island Museum to present exhibit

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Buffalo Island Museum in Monette will have an Indian artifact exhibit through October. The exhibit began in August.

Archaeologists believe there must have been thousands of Indians form one tribe or another who came through this area of northeast Arkansas in early years. Indians moved to this area because of fertile soil, and the area abounded with deer, bear, fish, turkey and buffalo.

In the early 1800s there were four main tribes living in the Buffalo Island area: Osages, Quapaws, Choctaws, and Cherokees. On display is an early map of Craighead County showing the Indian villages.

On exhibit are collections of Indian artifacts found in the Buffalo Island area. The Buffalo Island Museum committee members offer thanks to Larry Rolland, James "Shank" Ball, Jackie Davis, Mae Qualls, and Glen Rolland for loaning their collections for the exhibit.

Admission to the museum is free. The museum is currently open on Friday and Saturday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. and by appointment.

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