Primitive Bow Making 2-Day Intensive: October 25th -26th, 2014

Join primitive skills instructor Jim Robertson for this two day workshop connecting with nature, each other, and our collective human heritage as we learn how to hand craft a self bow as the native Southern Californian people did.

The advent of archery marked a technological leap for humankind that began at least 10,000 years ago and quite possibly up to 64,000 years ago and that is still widely used today.

The bow and arrow was universally considered one of the quintessential survival tools among many, if not most, of ancient peoples around the globe. Hunters and warriors alike depended on their ability to craft, use, and maintain their bows to defend and provide for their families.

In this class, you will reconnect with the ancestral knowledge of handcrafting a self bow from the materials that nature provides.

You will learn:
  • The different properties of wood from native trees
  • How to select and harvest a bow stave
  • How native Southern California people fashioned and used bows
  • Efficient use of simple and portable tools to hand craft a field ready bow within hours
  • How to finish and protect your bow using common and easy to obtain materials
  • To hand twine a bowstring from natural and synthetic materials
  • The fundamentals of stalking and moving silently in the wild
This is a two day intensive class with the option of a back country camp out
in the beautiful Big Tujunga wilderness.

Class is limited to 10 students so early sign-up is highly recommended.

Class Date: Saturday & Sunday, October 25th (10am-5pm) – 26th (10am – 2pm), 2014

Early Bird Registration (ends October 15th): …… $99 
Standard Registration……………………………………….$114 
*Additional details, including directions and what to bring, will be provided
after sign up below.

SIGN UP HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE: 
 
Still have questions?
Contact Nhan at 626.415.8155 or nhan@EarthSkyPeople.org

 

Aboriginal Skills Outing / Class – Saturday September 20th

**PLEASE DO NOT RSVP HERE**
Due to the unique nature of this class, email RSVP’s to
KEITH acmetnt@roadrunner.com. The class fee will be
pre-paid via paypal in order to guarantee attendance
for our guest instructor.

ABORIGINAL SKILLS CLSS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 9:30AM – 5:30PM
With option to stay until dark with Jim if you like (includes option for a “Stealthy” campout)
IN THE BEAUTIFUL SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS

Featuring the ancient skill of Flintknapping with a very special guest instructor joining me.
This will be a great fun class for all levels of Flintkanppers from beginners to advanced!

You, your family and friends are invited to join me, Naturalist and Aboriginal Skills Instructor, Jim Robertson along with my very special guest, Flintknapper, Ralph Lawless for a full day of Aboriginal Skills in the wild.

Due to the nature of instruction required for the class and to guarantee expert one-on-one time for each student, the number of attendees will be limited to a maximum of 20 students.

Don’t worry about the heat, as we will spend most of our time in the shade of a nice large oak grove.

My good friend, Ralph Lawless is a highly skilled Flintknapper with many years of experience. Ralph is one of the best Flintknappers in the country! In addition to being highly skilled in his craft, he is also an excellent instructor of his craft and a great person!

THIS IS A SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF!

For those not familiar with the ancient stone age skill of Flintknapping… We use certain types of stone to break and shape other kinds of stone (this is known as the “Percussion” phase of Flintknapping). After the Percussion phase, we move on to
the “Pressure Flaking” phase where we use variety of different tools which often have pointed tips, such as antlers. Pressure flaking is the finer, “Finishing” phase for your piece/project.

Items commonly made by Flintknapping are Arrow Points, Knife Blades, Hatchet, Ax Blades and small items such as Pendants and other Jewelry to hang around your neck.

Archaeologically speaking, “Clovis Points” have been found dating back over 13,000 years. So Flintkanpping is an extremely valuable and useful tool to have in your bag of Aboriginal Skills. Additionally, Flintknapping is a fun way to connect more deeply with your ancient past and natural wild environment!

I hope you can take advantage of this special opportunity to spend some time in the wild with myself and my friend Ralph who is and extremely talented and well respected Flintknapping instructor!

In addition to Flintkanpping, we will include a Plant Walk where we will meet many of our plant friends and discuss how we may use them for Food, Medicine and Utilitarian purposes. This will include discussions of our local ecology, harvesting with integrity, mindful awareness and the law.

We will harvest some wild greens by the stream to make our traditional delicious healthy wild soup, which we will cook in my self made primitive clay pot.

Other Aboriginal Skills will be available for practicing such as the Friction Fire (hand drill and bow drill) making, cordage, wild soap making, net making, traps (no animals are harmed), etc….

REGISTRATION: To check space availability and register, contact Keith Farrar: ACMETNT@ROADRUNNER.COM or call 805-910-6060.

COST: $47 Per Person – Pre paid via paypal (information upon RSVP) / Location – $12 parking fee

LOCATION: Calabsas, Malibu area – Full Directions upon RSVP

WHAT TO BRING – General: Water, lunch, sun protection, hat, bandanna. Optional – headlamp, paper, pen, camera, trekking poles or walking stick, knife (sheath preferred or pocket), please consider bringing an evening meal.

WHAT TO BRING – Flintknapping: Tools will be provided. Please bring (if you have them) Safety Glasses and a Sturdy Camp Chair. If you have your own Flintknapping tools, feel free to bring them along as well.

WHAT TO WEAR: Dress in layers, long pants and long sleeves are recommended to avoid contact with Poison Oak, sturdy shoes (with good tread) Consider wearing colors that harmonize with the natural environment.

Sorry – no dogs, nonprescription drugs, alcohol or tobacco (except for offerings)

Know of anyone who may be interested in this class? Please forward this announcement.

CHECK OUR OTHER WEBSITES AT MEETUP.COM/ABORIGINAL-SKILLS/ AND FRIEND US ON FACEBOOK.

ABORIGINAL SKILLS CLASS FRIDAY JULY 19th

ABORIGINAL SKILLS OUTING WITH JIM ROBERTSON, FRIDAY JULY 19TH, STARTING AT 9:30AM (WITH OPTION TO CAMP OUT!)  ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST (LA CANADA/FLINTRIDGE AREA).

You, your family and friends are invited to join me, naturalist and Aboriginal Skills instructor Jim Robertson for an all day outing/class in the beautifulAngeles National Forest (in the vicinity of Flintridge/La Canada).  This class will offer the option/opportunity to camp out!
 
There is much diversity of habitat, plants, etc. …including a wonderful stream that flows all year long, with clear, cool pools deep enough to plunge in if you like (what a fun way to cool off!).
 
There is plenty of shade at the bottom of the canyon where we will be, so don’t worry about the heat.  The walking distance is approximately one and one quarter mile each way of easy walking down and a bit more difficult walking out due to the grade.
 
We will practice many skills on this walkabout including plant identification for food, medicine, utilitarian uses, plant communication, ethical harvesting with awareness and integrity.  Ecology of the area will also be discussed as well as being stealthy and harmonious in the wild.
 
We will harvest wild greens (whatever is available) for a wild salad and deliciously wild soup, which will be cooked in primitive self made pottery the “old” way on the open campfire.  Feel free to bring items to add to the salad like olive oil, lemon, tomato, avocado, etc.
 
Other activities will be Aboriginal style fire making using hand drill and bow drill techniques (you will be able to harvest your own fire kit from the wild if you like), wild soap making, cordage making, net making, traps, basket making and yucca sandal making if resources are available.
 
The last time we had a class at this location we went downstream to check out some shelters we had previously built.  This time we will go upstream and build a tipi style or lean-to style shelter.  For those interested, after building the shelter we can continue upstream approximately one mile of easy level walking on a beautiful intimate  trail with several stream crossings.  Along the way we will identify and discuss many plants while harvesting and  snacking on wild prickly pear cactus, wild blackberries, wild elderberries, etc.  Our destination will be a forty foot waterfall that flows off of a man made dam … very nice place to shower or simply refresh in the spray!  Otherwise we could take that walk the next day.
 
Remember, all of these skills are pathways to a deeper relationship/connection with our natural environment and ourselves.
 
Feel free to participate fully, partially or simply enjoy the camaraderie of other nature lovers and enjoy the happenings.
 
INCLEMENT WEATHER NEVER CANCELS, IT IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR PRACTICE, LEARNING AND ENJOYMENT!  SORRY, NO DOGS.
NOTE:  DETAILED DIRECTIONS TO THIS LOCATION WILL BE PROVIDED UPON RSVP.  ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST SIGN A LIABILITY WAIVER FORM PRIOR TO START OF CLASS.
 
COST:  $25. PER PERSON DONATION.  CASH PREFERRED PRIOR TO START OF CLASS.
TO REGISTER CONTACT KEITH FARRAR AT:  ACMETNT@ROADRUNNER.COM OR CALL 805-910-6060.  IF YOU CANNOT REACH KEITH, CONTACT JIM ROBERTSON AT J3RBRTS@GMAIL.COM OR CALL 310-395-0943.
BRING:  WATER (& WATER FILTER OR STERI PEN IF YOU HAVE ONE), LUNCH, SUN PROTECTION, HAT, BANDANNA.  (FOR THOSE CAMPING OUT, CONSIDER BRINGING BREAKFAST AND LUNCH FOOD FOR THE NEXT DAY).
OPTIONAL:  HEADLAMP, PAPER, PEN, CAMERA, TREKKING POLES OR WALKING STICK, KNIFE (SHEATH PREFERABLE OR POCKET).
WEAR:  DRESS IN LAYERS, LONG PANTS AND LONG SLEEVES ARE RECOMMENDED TO AVOID CONTACT WITH POISON OAK, STURDY SHOES (WITH GOOD TREAD).
KNOW ANYONE WHO MAY BE INTERESTED IN THIS CLASS?  PLEASE FORWARD THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.
 
CHECK OUR OTHER WEBSITE AT:  MEETUP.COM/ABORIGINAL-SKILLS/  AND FRIEND US ON FACEBOOK.
 
SPECIAL NOTE:  THIS CLASS WILL ACCOMMODATE A CERTAIN NUMBER OF PEOPLE, SO IF YOU DO RSVP, PLEASE COMMIT TO IT OR AT LEAST GIVE US PLENTY OF NOTICE IF THERE IS A CHANGE SO THAT ANOTHER PERSON MAY TAKE YOU PLACE.

Aboriginal Skills Class Friday June 28th

ABORIGINAL SKILLS OUTING 
WITH JIM ROBERTSON 
FRIDAY, JUNE 28TH 
STARTING AT 9:30AM
(WITH OPTION TO CAMP OUT!)
IN THE BEAUTIFUL SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS (AZUZA AREA)


You your family and friends are invited to join me, naturalist and Aboriginal Skills instructor Jim Robertson for an all day outing in the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains (in the vicinity of Azusa).  This class will offer the option/opportunity to camp out!).

Only about 1 & 1/2 hour drive from my location in Santa Monica and soooo worth it!  There is a wonderful flowing river which we will cross several times (trekking poles or walking stick advised).  The river has many charming pools inviting a dip or even a swim, totally refreshing with nice cool temperature, not cold!

So don’t worry about the heat, the water feels great, there’s plenty of shade trees and the trail is relatively easy and level.

We will walk in approximately 1& 1/2 mile, taking our time enjoying the scenery while identifying many plants for food, medicine and utilitarian uses along the way.  Ecology of the area,ethical harvesting with mindful awareness, plant communication and being stealthy and harmonious in the wild will also be discussed.

After we reach our first destination, some of the skills we may practice will be:  shelter building, either wiki-up or lean-to style or both.  There is an incredible abundance of the yucca plant which offers the option to make yucca sandals, yucca baskets, yucca cordage, yucca soap, yucca containers, etc., net making, drop line fishing for those with small hooks and bait, aboriginal fire making, hand drill and bow drill methods with option to harvest your own fire kit from the wild and we will practice finding and drinking clean/potable water from the wild.  Making a primitive/quick/self bow can also be an option.

Remember, all of these skills are pathways to a deeper relationship/connection with our natural environment and ourselves.

Feel free to participate fully, partially or simply enjoy the camaraderie of other nature lovers and enjoy the happenings.

INCLEMENT WEATHER NEVER CANCELS, IT IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR PRACTICE, LEARNING AND ENJOYMENT!  SORRY, NO DOGS.

NOTE:  DETAILED DIRECTIONS TO THIS LOCATION WILL BE PROVIDED UPON RSVP.  ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST SIGN A LIABILITY WAIVER FORM PRIOR TO START OF CLASS.

COST: $25  PER PERSON DONATION.  CASH PREFERRED PRIOR TO START OF CLASS.

TO REGISTER CONTACT ELISABETH GUSTAFSON AT:  ELISABETH.ELIN@GMAIL.COM OR CALL 323-718-4152.  IF YOU CANNOT REACH ELISABETH, CONTACT JIM ROBERTSON AT J3RBRTS@GMAIL.COM OR CALL 310-395-0943.
 
BRING:  WATER, LUNCH, SUN PROTECTION, HAT, BANDANA.  FOR THOSE STAYING LATE, BRING FLASHLIGHT OR HEADLAMP (FOR THOSE CAMPING OUT, CONSIDER BRINGING BREAKFAST FOOD & LUNCH FOR SATURDAY).

OPTIONAL:  HEADLAMP, PAPER, PENCIL, CAMERA, TREKKING POLES, KNIFE (SHEATH PREFERABLE OR POCKET).
WEAR:  DRESS IN LAYERS, LONG PANTS AND LONG SLEEVES ARE RECOMMENDED TO AVOID CONTACT WITH POISON OAK, STURDY SHOES (WITH GOOD TREAD).SPECIAL NOTE:  THIS CLASS WILL BE LIMITED TO 25 PEOPLE SO IF YOU DO RSVP, PLEASE COMMIT TO IT OR AT LEAST GIVE US PLENTY OF NOTICE IF THERE IS A CHANGE SO THAT ANOTHER PERSON MAY TAKE YOUR PLACE.

IF YOU HAVE A WATER FILTER OR STERI PEN BRING IT.

KNOW ANYONE WHO MAY BE INTERESTED IN THIS CLASS?  PLEASE FORWARD THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

CHECK OUR OTHER WEBSITE AT

http://www.meetup.com/Aboriginal-Skills/AND FRIEND US ON FACEBOOK.