Did you know that you can try your hand at an ancient weapon that predates even the bow and arrow, right here in Victoria? At the Museum of the Coastal Bend you can do just that with atlatl spear throwing. Basically, just think of it as an oversized dart that rests on a wooden holder of sorts. The form isn't so hard to get down; if you've ever thrown a baseball you should be pretty much prepared. It's incredible to think that the ancient peoples of the Coastal Bend region used to take down prey as large as mammoths with such simple a device! The museum staff is happy to set up targets for any visitor upon request, during regular business hours of course. Have some extra fun and request their mammoth targets so you can get the feel of going after the big game. Happy hunting!
The Museum of the Coastal Bend is located at 2200 E. Red River (at the Victoria College), and is open Tues.-Sat. 10am-4pm and is closed major holidays. Call 361-582-2511 for more information.