Includes $20 per person materials fee.
Join us and spend some time learning basic and essential living skills through hands-on activities as we explore universal hunter gatherer skills used by humans all around the world in this paleotechnology overview. Participants will learn and practice many skills including: Creating fire with hand drill and bow drill fire kits, making a hand drill fire kit to take home, processing dogbane fiber and string using logrolling methods, learning how to make a netting shuttle and a knotted net. Also, included will be practice with hunting tools such as rabbit sticks and spear throwers, shooting bow and arrow, playing a hoop and pole game, learning basic stone and woodworking techniques through bead making, and shaping and polishing stone. Also included will be grinding nuts, basic wild food identification, and food processing techniques using stone mano and matate and mortar and pestle.
In this extended weekend format, participants will be introduced to and will discuss a wide variety of other primitive technologies as well as some of the uses of local plants. This will be an incredible opportunity to move a step closer to self-sufficiency and to an understanding of how humans have thrived for tens of thousands of years with primitive technologies, the very first technologies, as their tools.
Participants are encouraged to bring something home-grown or gathered for Saturday’s potluck dinner.
Rustic cabins provide dormitory-style accommodations at the Clem Miller Environmental Education Center, included for all participants. Also open to youth (age 12-17) with parent attending.