The Herrett Center for Arts & Science

Primitive Skills for Modern Man

Primitive Skills for Modern Man

Interested in primitive living, outdoor survival, or even just camping and hiking?  Would you like to learn a unique set of skills?  Then take a crash course in caveman living!  Primitive Skills for Modern Man is a series of fun and friendly hands-on workshops led by Herrett Center staff and local experts, offering participants a unique chance to gain practical, hands-on primitive skill knowledge in an informal environment.

Register early!  Class sizes are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Age 12 and up.  Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by a paid adult.
2017 Classes Date Time Fee
Fish Traps & Weirs:
Replicating Regional Fishing Technology
Saturday, March 11th 1:30 to 4:30 PM $25
Cordage and Native Plants Saturday, May 6th 1:30 to 4:30 PM $25
Beginning Flintknapping Tuesday, May 23rd 6:00 to 9:00 PM $50
Friday, May 26th 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Saturday, May 27th 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Fish Traps & Weirs: Replicating Regional Fishing Technology

Study regional fish trap and weir designs, learn to identify suitable native resources, and construct your own willow fish trap based on local archaeological finds.

Saturday, March 11th, 1:30 to 4:30 PM.

Fee: $25

Cordage and Native Plants

Lean to identify local resources used in making cordage, string, and native rope.  Participants will meet offsite for a nature walk to identify common native plants found locally, including some used prehistorically by the Shoshone, as well as dangerous plants to avoid.  Participants will then extract fibers from plant resources and create a simple two-ply twist cordage.

Saturday, May 6th, 1:30 to 4:30 PM

Fee: $25

Beginning Flintknapping

Learn the basics of flintknapping, assemble your own flintknapping kit, and create a number of simple, flaked stone tools.  Includes all materials and pizza on Saturday.

Tuesday, May 23rd, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Friday, May 26th, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Saturday, May 27th, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Fee: $50

Registration and more information

Call the Herrett Center Front Desk during museum open hours: (208) 732-6655
or contact Joey Heck (208) 732-6668.