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Dugout canoes part of Ocala exhibit

OCALA — The 10th annual Silver River Knap-In and Prehistoric Arts festival will be held Feb. 15-16 at the Silver River Museum in Ocala.

This unique event features artists from across the United States who demonstrate prehistoric arts such as stone tool making, pottery and ceramic arts, dugout canoe carving, bone and shell carving, bow and arrow making, traditional hide tanning and more. Other vendors bring crafts and food for sale.

There are ongoing museum programs, presentations by professional archaeologists, prehistoric artifact displays and tram rides through the Silver Springs State Park.

On the same weekend, the museum will open a new display hall featuring the exhibit Dugout Canoes: Paddling Through the Americas for the first time.

The exhibit highlights Native American canoes from North and South America (with an emphasis on Florida). The exhibit was produced by the Florida Museum at the University of Florida.