"Our Ancestors, Ourselves"

The purpose of these programs is to increase the knowledge and understanding of the lifeways of prehistoric people.   We seek to offer a variety of classes that offer a look into the ways and technologies of the past.  We provide participants with knowledge drawn from history, archaeology, experimental studies, individual and collaborated research projects, and living oral traditions.  We incorporate this information into study and hands-on learning for insight into the ways of our ancestors and insight into ourselves.  We use this information to increase the understanding of the Southeastern Natives of North America, the New World, and Aboriginal people throughout the world.

"The learning and practice of aboriginal skills can help us all get in touch with our own roots--no matter what our particular heritage may be (American Indian, European, African, Asian, etc.)  Here in North America we look to the Indian peoples and the ancestors of these people to teach us the skills that are 'native' to this place. Yet, if we go back far enough into our own pasts, we discover that we are all aboriginal peoples at some time in some place.  The 'stone age' is the great common denominator of humanness.  'Primitive' ('first') skills are our shared inheritance." 

--Steve Watts, Director, Southeastern Native American Studies Program

Primitive Skills Classes

Teachable Primitive Technologies

The following primitive skills can be taught at the Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels

- Lithics (Stone tools and their uses)
- Games for Adults and Children
- Pottery and Cooking vessels
- Trapping Techniques (Passive and Aggressive Techniques)
- Fishing Techniques and Bone Fish Hooks (Passive and Aggressive Techniques)
- Brain Tanning and Sewing Techniques
- Cordage Techniques (Gathering and uses of plant fibers)
- Fire making Technologies
- Basket and Weaving Techniques
- Food Preparation and Preservation
- Gourd Craft and Uses
- Antler/Bone Craft and Uses
- Earth Pigments and Paints
- Hunting, Gathering, and Tracking
- Primitive Navigation and Watercraft
- Shelter and Housing
- Bone, Stone, and Wood Tools
    -This would include Stone Axes, Chisels, Drills, Farming Tools, and Celts.  
- Primitive Illumination
- Stone and Clay Pipes as well as Carving
- Bark Buckets and Containers
- Birch Bark Pouches
- Porcupine Quillwork
- Moose Hair Embroidery
- Pine Needle and Coil Basketry
- Felting Wool
- Buckskin Sewing and Clothing
- Slate Gorgets and Pendants
- Clay Beads and Pendants
- Other Primitive Jewelry
- Willow Figures
- Bark and Yucca Sandals

This is only a sample of the various classes that can be taught

Schedule Pending