Texas Tech, Buddy Holly and the center of the cotton industry are all well-known staples of Lubbock, but the heritage of the hub city dates back further than any of them.
Lubbock Lake Landmark celebrated our city's cultural heritage this weekend with their annual Fall Fest.
"We started on Tuesday with school groups, Tuesday through Friday, and this weekend we have been opening up and having two big family days celebrating the culture of the region," Education Program Director Susan Rowe said. "Ancient people were here, Clovis people, Folsom people, they all gathered here because they had water. So actually, they were kind of the first residents of this area."
Visitors were able to get a taste of many aspects of high plains history with events like a Buffalo Soldier encampment re-enactment, tales of the Laguna and Hopi reservations by Native American storyteller Eldrena Douma, and the chance to get a little crafty.
"We're making coil pots, seed mosaics, cornhusk dolls, and throwing atlatls, so throwing spears with atlatls," Rowe said.
Ken Pollard, Regimental Chaplain with the 9th Regiment of the U.S. Calvary, spoke about the role of the Buffalo Soldier here in the Plains. He said hands-on experience is always better than learning from a book.
"Youth that come to these types of sites and to here particularly, have the opportunity to experience some of those things in smaller versions," Pollard said. "Where they can make pottery, clay. They can throw the atlatl, they can actually come here different times of the year to see actual archeological investigations and learn how to do certain types of research."
While this event tends to attract families and younger crowds, both Pollard and Rowe said regardless of age, it is important to know and understand the heritage of wherever you call home.