Following its near-total destruction after a tornado in 2019, Caddo Mounds State Historic Site will celebrate its official reopening on Saturday, May 18. The ribbon-cutting ceremony commences at 11:30 a.m. with speakers reflecting on the importance of restoring the site and the resiliency of the Caddo Nation.

Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the new $2.5 million visitor center and reconstructed grass house and participate in a variety of outdoor activities including:

  • Atlatl throwing: Participants will learn about the development of hunting tools, different atlatl styles, and throwing techniques. They will then put what they learned to the test by throwing darts at a target using the atlatl.
  • Friction fire demonstration: Visitors will enhance their survival skills as they learn the ancient technique of starting a fire using friction between two objects.
  • Flint knapping: Visitors learn the ancient art of creating arrowheads from stone. 
  • Archaeology tour: From 2–3 p.m,. archaeologist Victor Galan will lead a tour that explores the history and culture of the Caddo people.

The event is free and open to the public.