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Bow Classes

James Parker offers classes on making many different types of bows. Those wishing to make their own bow can allow James to walk them through each step of the process of traditional bow-making, and they can also benefit from James' years of knowledge and bow-building experience.

Primitive Skills Classes

"Our Ancestors, Ourselves"

-Steve Watts

James Parker offers classes ranging from flintknapping, to fire making, to primitive cordage. 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



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

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

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


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

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