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Primitive Skills for Modern Man

Primitive Skills for Modern Man

2014 Classes Date Time Fee
Cordage January 25th 12:00 to 1:00 PM $10
Pump Drills February 22nd 1:00 to 4:00 PM $15
Spirit Flutes March 17th 5:00 to 8:00 PM $60
March 22nd 12:00 to 5:00 PM
Bone and Stone April 25th 6:00 to 8:00 PM $25
April 26th 12:00 to 5:00 PM
Atlatl
(Spear Chucking)
May 23rd 6:00 to 8:00 PM $50
May 24th 12:00 to 5:00 PM
Darts and Arrows
(Long, Pointy Things)
June 20th 6:00 to 8:00 PM $35
June 21st 12:00 to 5:00 PM
Flint Knapping 101 July 18th 6:00 to 8:00 PM $50
July 19th 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Flint Knapping 102
("Me make big rock small")
August 15th 6:00 to 8:00 PM $50
August 16th 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Fire ("Hey, that's hot!") September 20th 1:30 to 4:30 PM $20
Trapped in the Past October 23rd 5:00 to 8:00 PM $50
October 24th 5:00 to 8:00 PM
October 25th 1:30 to 5:30 PM
Primitive Skills for Kids November 28th 1:30 to 5:30 PM FREE!
November 29th 1:30 to 5:30 PM FREE!
Student Craft Show December (dates/times TBA)

Fire!

Cordage

Start with the foundation of early man by learning to make rope/cordage from plants.  This skill was crucial in the lives of people.  Cordage has been found on every continent.  It is still used by aboriginal tribes today.

Saturday, January 25th, 12:00 to 1:00 PM

Fee: $10

Pump Drills

Walk away from this class with a truly renewable energy drill.

Saturday, February 22nd, 1:00 to 4:00 PM

Fee: $15

Spirit Flutes

Put some music in your life the Native American way. Michael Wamego, a member of the Pawnee Nation will be a guest instructor.  Build your own flute from scratch.   This class will require some work to be done at home between classes.

Monday, March 17th, 5:00 to 8:00 PM.
Saturday, March 22nd, 12:00 to 5:00 PM.

Fee: $60

Bone and Stone

Find out all the things that one can make with just these two materials.  This class will cover hunting, fishing and everyday life.

Friday, April 25th, 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
Saturday, April 26th, 12:00 to 5:00 PM.

Fee: $25

Atlatl (Spear Chucking)

What would you call a spear or dart thrower?  Come find out what an atlatl is and construct your own.

Friday, May 23rd, 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
Saturday, May 24th, 12:00 to 5:00 PM.

Fee: $50

Darts and Arrows (Long, Pointy Things)

Investigate the dart and arrow, how they work, and how they differ.

Friday, June 20th, 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
Saturday, June 21st, 12:00 to 5:00 PM.

Fee: $35

Flint Knapping 101

Take on the fine art of making arrowheads and projectile points.

Friday, July 18th, 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
Saturday, July 19st, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Fee: $50

Flint Knapping 102 ("Me make big rock small")

After mastering the art of flake removal through pressure, step it up and learn percussion, the same process that the Clovis people used over ten thousand years ago.

Friday, August 15th, 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
Saturday, August 16th, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Fee: $50

Fire ("Hey, that's hot!")

Fast fire the natural way.  Students should become proficient in recognition of materials and different ways of creating fire.

Saturday, September 20th, 1:30 to 4:30 PM.

Fee: $20

Trapped in the Past

Learn how to construct different types of traps like the dead fall, and when to implement each type.

Friday, October 23rd, 5:00 to 8:00 PM.
Saturday, October 24th, 1:30 to 5:30 PM.

Fee: $50

Primitive Skills for Kids

Archaeological make-and-take activities for the holidays.  Create hand-woven bags, ducks, deer, wolves, and more!

Walk-in class times:
Friday, October 23rd, 5:00 to 8:00 PM.
Saturday, October 24th, 1:30 to 5:30 PM.

Fee: FREE!

Student Craft Show

We would like to honor the students by winding up the year with an exhibit of all the incredible things that have been produced in these classes.

December (dates and times TBA).

Registration and more information

Call the Herrett Center Front Desk during museum open hours: (208) 732-6655
or contact Aaron Ursenbach (208) 732-6664.