Collectors show off American artifacts

By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal

VERONA – More than 45 collectors set up at the Lee County Agri-Center on Saturday to show off and trade arrowheads and other cultural implements of the region’s first Native American.
Andy and Janice Odom of southern Alabama have been hunting arrowheads together for the last two decades and Andy for 20 years before that.
He said he started when his brother got one as a wedding gift.
“My brother married a woman from Georgia and some of her nephews fixed a plaque of arrowheads for them for a wedding present,” he said. “I saw that and I wanted to do the same. It’s like an addiction now.”
Janice Odom pointed to a case of light gray, beige and bluish arrowheads.
“These colorings all come from south Alabama,” she said. “They made points out of the natural rock of that area. Sometimes you’ll find a different color because they would trade with different tribes.”
In addition to arrowheads, Native American pottery, ax blades and other living and hunting implements were on display.
Bill Breidinger, director of the Magnolia State Archeological Society, said the turnout for the show was fantastic, with about 1,000 people visiting.
Saturday’s was just one of the shows the group puts on each year in Meridian, Tupelo and Corinth.
jb.clark@journalinc.com