What we're about

This group is for anyone interested in outdoor skills. Here we will get back to our roots and travel back in time when our ancestors used to live with the land and appreciate the environment for what it provides. You will find us teaching the following skills: primitive fire making, tracking and trapping, edible and medicinal plants, animal processing, stone and bone tools, bow making, arrow making, atlatl and dart crafting, basket weaving, primitive pottery, primitive jewelry making, and much more. Every thing is presented in a historical context and a hands on experience. We hope to see you here! Also visit our website and youtube channel at:
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Upcoming events (4)

Making Pottery

Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary

$40.00

One of the most important skills in the prehistoric southwest was the production of pottery. In this workshop series we will follow the two primary techniques of making and producing pottery with local native clays! We will first start with a short lecture about prehistoric Hohokam and Prescott Culture pottery. Then we will look at some original examples and replications. After that we will jump right into making pottery! Learn the following skills hands on: - How to find clay - Processing clay - forming a basic vessel using traditional methods - finishing your vessel and allowing it to dry Please note this is part one of a two part series workshop. Once your pot is made, it needs to fully dry and cure; drying times usually take two weeks. Once your pot is dry, we will then schedule a second workshop where we will fire each pot and turn them into a ceramic. When? Saturday April 27th, 2019 from 10:00am - 2:00pm (students are welcome to leave early if they need to or if they finish their pot early). Where? Meet at the main parking lot at the Heritage Park Zoo. We will then go down to the lakeside area next to three prehistoric archaeology sites. Look for the BLACK JEEP with a white rounded sticker on the back. GPS: 1403 Heritage Park Road. Prescott, AZ. How much? This class costs $40.00 per person. Please note, there is a $3.00 parking fee where we will be located. What to bring? All class materials are provided. Bring water, a sack lunch or snacks and appropriate clothing Question? Call me anytime: [masked]. Ask for Jeff. What if I have to cancel? In order for us to run our meetup group proficiently, we rely on you. We love sharing information and ancestral knowledge. However, it is very difficult when members sign up and don't attend. Please, we ask if you have to change your plans, make sure you cancel your attendance for this class at least 48 hours ahead of time.

Prehistoric Jewelry Crafting

Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary

$25.00

In the prehistoric southwest, the use of argillite for decoration was quite common. This local stone was harvested, ground into slabs and distributed to the north and south of Prescott. Argillite is soft and durable, thus making it ideal for jewelry pieces. Olivella shells were traded into the southwest from California and Mesoamerica in exchange for pottery goods, turquoise, and other tool items. In this class we will follow in the footsteps of the prehistoric Hohokam, Sinagua, Salado, Prescott, and Pueblo people in making jewelry from argillite and Olivella shells. You will learn the following skills hands on: Prehistoric uses of shell and argillite Argillite and the geology How to process and alter the Olivella shell's color Making argillite jewelry pendants Rope making using natural and organic materials Polishing the jewelry Finishing the necklace When? This class will be held on Saturday May 4th, 2019 at 10:00am. Of course, you are not required to stay the entire length. If you leave early, we will still provide supplies. Where? Meet at the main parking lot at the Heritage Park Zoo. We will then go down to the lakeside area next to three prehistoric archaeology sites. Look for the BLACK JEEP with a white rounded sticker on the back. GPS: 1403 Heritage Park Road. Prescott, AZ. How much? This class costs $25.00 per person. Please note there is a $3.00 parking fee. What to bring? All class tools and materials are provided. What if I have to cancel? In order for us to run our meetup group proficiently, we rely on you. We love sharing information and ancestral knowledge. However, it is very difficult when members sign up and don't attend. Please, we ask if you have to change your plans, make sure you cancel your attendance for this class at least 48 hours ahead of time.

Making Traditional Arrows

Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary

$40.00

The bow and arrow was a valuable item for prehistoric and historic Native people all over the world. In this extensive class we will teach you how to make arrows using traditional methods and materials. Learn the following hands on: How to select shafting, Process turkey feathers, Process sinew, Fletch, the arrow Mount a stone tip, and shoot a bow! Every student will go home with an arrow he or she made. When? This class will be held on Saturday May 18th at 10:00am. We will finish around 2:00 pm. Of course, you are not required to stay the entire length. If you leave early, we will still provide supplies. Where? Meet at the main parking lot by the grass field at Watson Lake in Prescott. We will work under the shade. There is a $3.00 entrance fee, but it is a beautiful place! Look for the BLACK JEEP with a white rounded sticker on the back. GPS: 1403 Heritage Park Road. Prescott, AZ. How much? This class costs $40.00 per person. Please note there is a $3.00 parking fee. What to bring? All class tools and stone materials are provided. We ask you to a wide brimmed hat, sunscreen, cool clothing for warmer summer weather, lots of water, a lunch, a positive spirit, and a smile :) What if I have to cancel? In order for us to run our meetup group proficiently, we rely on you. We love sharing information and ancestral knowledge. However, it is very difficult when members sign up and don't attend. Please, we ask if you have to change your plans, make sure you cancel your attendance for this class at least 48 hours ahead of time.

Archaeology in the Dells (Part 2)

Watson Lake

The granite dells area in Prescott, Arizona are under threat from development. This development puts your archaeology at risk. On Saturday May 25th, 2019 at 10:00am - 1:30pm join Anthropologist Jeff Martin for a walk to visit one of the largest archaeological sites in the Granite Dells. We will discuss the age of the site, the culture whom occupied the sites, trade and interactions, social structure, ideology and religious beliefs, material technologies, and how you can get involved to slow down development in the Prescott area. We will take a look at ancient artifacts left behind and create a discussion on how we can keep them preserved where they rest. As some of you know, back in November I hosted a tour where we visited a smaller site in the dells. At the end of the tour I promised your gracious donations would go towards additional research and the creation of a new article. Below is the article you funded! http://www.primitivelifeways.com/blog/archaeology-in-the-dells.html Where? Meet at the main parking of Watson lake on the LARGE GRASS FIELD where we will then go to each site. There is a $3.00 entrance fee to enter Watson lake. QUESTIONS? Call[masked] How much? We are asking for a $15.00 donation. This will help us continue to educate the public and fight for conservation. What to bring? We ask you to bring proper clothing for the weather, lots of water, a lunch, a positive spirit, and a smile :)

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Archaeology In The Dells

Watson Lake

$15.00

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