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Primitive Technology Weekend

For more information regarding our Primitive Technology Weekend, please contact the Park Office at 410.887.2503 or info@cromwellvalleypark.org.   

For a detailed list of activities and speakers, please click HERE.

Primitive Technology Weekend

WE WILL SEE YOU AGAIN IN 2023!

Join us as we share knowledge and hands-on experience in the replication of items composed of stone, bone, wood, and natural fibers.

SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2022
Schedule of Activities:

  • 10 AM-4 PM     Safety Officers Abe Yoffe, Stan Lapinski, & John Blume – Will supervise bow and arrow shooting on Saturday (10 AM to 4 PM) AND Sunday (10 AM to 1 PM) for families, children and adults.
  • 10 AM-4 PM     Naturalist Mimi Knuth – Clay Coils, Pinch Pots and Fish Prints with Red Ochre – Learn the basics of Native Pottery on Saturday (10 AM to 4 PM) AND Sunday (10 AM to 1 PM), then build your own pot with traditional tools. Print a fish on a shirt (bring your own white shirt), or on our paper using our native pigments.
  • 10:30 AM          Bill Kaczor, Executive Director and Founder of Ancestral Knowledge – Will demonstrate the fine art of arrow making. Techniques of how to straighten a shaft, cut, and shape fletching, apply hide glue and sinew will be demonstrated. Bill’s finished arrows will be on display.
  • 11:00 AM         “Nick” Spero of the Natural History Society of Maryland – Wild edibles offer a variety of health benefits to you and add unique flavors and textures to your meals. Nick will take you for a walk to learn about wild edibles. You will learn to forage in a safe and sustainable manner.
  • 12:00 PM         Guy R. Neal of Primal Knowledge – Rhyolite is a tough igneous rock from the mountains of Western MD. Widely traded in prehistory, 90% of lithic artifacts found in central Maryland are rhyolite. Guy will demonstrate how to work this tough, but useful material using hammer stones, wood billets, and antler punches. Guy will have on display many of the local varieties of different color and quality.
  • 1:00 PM           Scott Silsby – Is pleased to present a talk on his study and “decipherment” of many petroglyphs that inhabit the Nat’l Park Services Great Falls Potomac Gorge. They as well as several “supporting” sites occur in MD and the District of Columbia & VA. Photos, glyphs, & associated artifacts will be on display.
  • 2:30 PM           Nate Salzman – Education and Exhibit Specialist for Jefferson Patterson ParkBeginner knapping for adults. Nate will teach you the principles of taking large round rocks and turning them into small sharp tools.
  • 3:00 PM           August Rowell – Learn how cordage is made, what it can be used for, and where you can source the materials needed to make your own.
  • 6:00 PM           Dr. Bill Schindler – Director and Founder of Eastern Shore Food Lab and The Modern Stone Age Kitchen and Adjunct Assoc. Professor, University of Dublin – Presents “Toxic Taters?” Our ancestors developed technologies based on hunting, trapping, and fishing. Technologies around plant based foods were focused on making dangerous foods safe and unlocking nutrients that were unavailable. Bill’s recent research on potato detoxification with indigenous groups in the Altiplano of Bolivia and Andes of Peru will showcase what can be learned from an ancestral approach to our modern diet.  (Presentation will also include a demonstration and tasting of P’asa, the Aymara practice of eating certain clays with potatoes to detoxify them.)

SUNDAY, MAY 8, 2022
Schedule of Activities:

  • 8:00 AM           Bow ShootBring your wooden/fiberglass traditional bows, flu-flu arrows, or arrows with judo and/or rubber blunts & a handful of target arrows, as we shoot rising balloons, roll an inner tube, & toss aerial targets. Meet at the main kiosk for this shoot inspired by Dr. Errett Callahan’s book on roving.
  • 10 AM-1 PM     Safety Officers Abe Yoffe, Stan Lapinski, & John Blume – Will supervise bow and arrow shooting for families, children and adults.
  • 10 AM-1 PM     Naturalist Mimi Knuth – Clay Coils, Pinch Pots and Fish Prints with Red Ochre – Learn the basics of Native Pottery then build your own pot with traditional tools. Print a fish on a shirt (bring your own white shirt), or on our paper using our native pigments.

For more information regarding our Primitive Technology Weekend, please contact the Park Office at 410.887.2503 or info@cromwellvalleypark.org.   For a detailed list of activities and speakers, please click HERE.

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