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Primitive Skills for Modern Man*

Primitive Skills for Modern Man

*or Woman

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 teaching the survival skills of our ancients forebears.  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.  Participants under age 12 must be accompanied by a paid adult.
2019 Classes Date Time Fee Class size
Stone Daggers and the Ice Mummy:
Exploring Ötzi's Prehistoric Toolkit, Part One
Monday, April 29th 6:00 – 8:30 PM $35 15
Wednesday, May 1st 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Thursday, May 2nd 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Friday, May 3rd 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Quivers, Arrows, and a Fanny Pack?:
Exploring Ötzi's Prehistoric Toolkit, Part Two
Monday, May 13th 6:00 – 8:30 PM $50 15
Tuesday, May 14th 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Wednesday, May 15th 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Thursday, May 16th 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Beginning Flintknapping Tuesday, June 25th 6:00 – 9:00 PM $50 12
Friday, June 18th 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Saturday, June 29th 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Walk in the Wilds: An Introduction to Southern Idaho Ethnobotany Friday, September 6th 6:00 – 9:00 PM $15 20
Saturday, September 7th 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Stone Daggers and the Ice Mummy: Exploring Ötzi's Prehistoric Toolkit, Part One

Primitive tools

Explore the mysteries surrounding Ötzi, a prehistoric mummy found high in the Italian Alps, and delve into the replication of some of the items from his ancient toolkit.  This class will focus on manufacturing a prehistoric dagger and sheath while introducing students to basic primitive skills techniques useful in the replication of stone age technology, including cordage making and weaving.  Please note this is not a flintknapping class. Includes all materials.

Monday, April 29th, Wednesday, May 1st, Thursday, May 2nd, and Friday, May 3rd, 6:00 – 8:30 PM each day (attend all four sessions).

Class limit: 15

Fee: $35

Quivers, Arrows, and a Fanny Pack?: Exploring Ötzi's Prehistoric Toolkit, Part Two

Bow and arrow

Continue exploring the tools of �tzi in the second part of this two-class series. In this workshop, students will take a closer look at the leather goods carried by Ötzi while focusing on recreating an ancient quiver and a set of arrows discovered with his remains.  Includes all materials.

Monday, May 13th through Thursday, May 16th, 6:00 – 8:30 PM each day (attend all four sessions).

Class limit: 15

Fee: $50

Beginning Flintknapping

Hafted point

Learn the ins and outs of breaking rock in this exciting workshop!  Assemble your own tool kit, learn some flintknapping lingo, and create simple flaked obsidian tools.  Through hands-on instruction and live demonstrations, this workshop will focus on the creation and recognition of expedient stone tools by the beginning flintknapper.  Knapping safety will be emphasized for all students.  Includes all materials and lunch on Saturday.

Tuesday, June 25th and Friday, June 28th, 6:00 – 9:00 PM each day.
Saturday, June 29th, 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM (attend all three sessions).

Class limit: 12

Fee: $50

Walk in the Wilds: An Introduction to Southern Idaho Ethnobotany

Cattails

Learn to identify many common local plants, including some used by the prehistoric Shoshone, and dangerous plants to avoid.  Students will participate in a field day hike south of Hansen on Saturday in the Sawtooth National Forest.  Students will be expected to provide their own transportation to and from the field day site, approximately 25 miles southeast of Twin Falls.

Friday, September 6th, 6:00 – 9:00 PM and Saturday, September 7th, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM (attend both sessions).

Class limit: 20

Fee: $15

Registration and more information

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

Story Time

Join us on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 11:30 AM for Story Time!  Free admission for all ages.

Date Title & Author
September 5th Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
September 19th How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long
October 3rd A surprise book picked out by a Story Time friend
October 17th I Am an Ankylosaurus by Karen Wallace
November 7th A surprise book picked out by a Story Time friend
November 21st The Good Egg by Jory John
December 5th A surprise book picked out by a Story Time friend
December 19th Roaring Rockets by Tony Mitton
January 2nd A surprise book picked out by a Story Time friend
January 16th If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
February 6th A surprise book picked out by a Story Time friend
February 20th Be Kind by Pat Zietlow-Miller
March 5th A surprise book picked out by a Story Time friend
March 19th Parts by Tedd Arnold
April 2nd Hugless Douglas by David Melling