Chapter: What We Can't Live Without

Folsom Point

"Peoples of the Plains"
8000 BC Folsom projectile point of Texas alibates chert-in Woolly Mammoth weapons Folsom point-alibates chert

Story

The Folsom Point is estimated to be 10,000 years old. Between 8,000 and 10,000 BCE, the Folsom people migrated from Folsom, New Mexico. They came from along the Missouri Plateau (Coteau du Missouri), bringing with them the atlatl, an integral weapon for their survival hunting woolly mammoths. The Folsom Point in our collection is made of alibates chert from Texas, which is the most common material for Folsom Points and least common material to be found in Manitoba. The point was discovered between Whitewater Lake, which was part of Glacial Lake Souris, and the Turtle Mountains.