News Release 016

Native American presentation planned Feb. 16 at Van Meter State Park

Volume 39-016 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

Learn about the Native American people of the Cody Complex in Missouri at a presentation Sunday, Feb. 26 at Van Meter State Park near Miami. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the presentation will be at 2 p.m. at Missouri’s American Indian Cultural Center and is free and open to the public.

Tom Hartline, president of the Sedalia-West Central Chapter of the Missouri Archaeological Society, has researched, written about and compiled a collection of authentic examples of the six different types of Cody Complex artifacts from Missouri. The Cody Complex people existed 10,500 to 8,000 years ago and represent a late Paleo-Indian era. By identifying some of the points and knives associated with the Cody Complex, archaeologists know they were present along and south of the Missouri River in Central Missouri.
From October through March, Missouri's American Indian Cultural Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The center is closed Monday through Friday.

Van Meter state Park is located 12 miles northwest of Marshall on Highway 122. For more information about the presentation, call the park at 660-886-7537. For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.