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 hands-on workshops covering topics such as fire-making, flintknapping, and native plant identification.  Led by Herrett Center staff and local experts, these fun and friendly workshops offer 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.
2018 Classes Date Time Fee
Sticks & Stones:
A Hands-On Introduction to Stone Age Technology
Monday, March 5th 6:00 to 8:30 PM $25
Tuesday, March 6th 6:00 to 8:30 PM
Wednesday, March 7th 6:00 to 8:30 PM
Thursday, March 8th 6:00 to 8:30 PM
Atlatls:
Spear Chuckin’ 101
Monday, April 23rd 6:00 to 8:30 PM $50
Tuesday, April 24th 6:00 to 8:30 PM
Wednesday, April 25th 6:00 to 8:30 PM
Thursday, April 26th 6:00 to 8:30 PM
Friday, April 27th 6:00 to 8:30 PM
Beginning Bow Making Monday, May 14th 6:00 to 9:00 PM $80
Wednesday, May 16th 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Friday, May 18th 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Monday, May 21st 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Wednesday, May 23rd 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Friday, May 25th 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Sticks & Stones: A Hands-On Introduction to Stone Age Technology

Primitive tools

Explore Herrett Center Native American collections and create your own prehistoric toolkit using primitive techniques. Participants will create digging sticks, ground-stone objects, and other simple tools.

Monday, March 5th through Thursday, March 8th, 6:00 to 8:30 PM. (Attend all four sessions.)

Class limit: 15

Fee: $25

Atlatls: Spear Chuckin' 101

Atlatls

Let loose your inner caveman!  Following an introductory dart-throwing session, participants in this workshop will learn the history of the atlatl, identify and gather local resources, and then design and build a working atlatl and dart set.  Includes all materials.

Monday, April 23rd through Friday, April 27th, 6:00 to 8:30 PM (Attend all five sessions.)

Class limit: 12

Fee: $50

Beginning Bow Making

Bow and arrow

Discover the basics of manufacturing a simple wooden bow using local materials.  This course explores primitive bow construction, from material selection to final tillering, with an emphasis on process rather than final product.  Students will shape, scrape, sand and finish their own bow.

Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays, May 14th through the 25th, 6:00 to 9:00 PM (Attend all six sessions.)

Class limit: 10

Fee: $80

Registration and more information

Call the Herrett Center front desk during museum open hours: (208) 732-6655, download the registration form (Adobe Acrobat .pdf document), or contact Joey Heck (208) 732-6668.