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Join The Schiele Museum throughout 2021 for our Primitive Skills workshop series.
Discover the history of our human ancestors and learn some of the skills that have helped them survive

and grow culturally.

Gourd Working -  Postponed

This workshop will be rescheduled for another date. If you are interested in participating in this workshop or other Primitive Skills workshops, please contact Hannah Salemi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Typical Registration Fees

Schiele Members: $75 per person
Non-Members: $85 per person




Previous Workshops:

March 27, 2021

The controlled use of fire is one of the most significant technological advances in human evolution. Wherever humans are found, fire is found alongside them. From providing warmth, to purifying water and cooking food, fire has been a tool of humankind for millions of years.

In this workshop, participants: 

   * Learned how to select wood and tinder,
   * Procured materials for various fire starting methods,
   * Learned the basics of friction fire-making methods including bow drill, hand drill, flint and steel, and more.
   * Constructed their own complete fire making kit to take home.

Primitive Tattooing
May 22, 2021

Tattoos have a long and culturally-rich history throughout the world. Participants in this workshop will explore primitive tattoos worldwide, from the oldest tattoos found on the Ötzi the Iceman to the Coastal Indians of North Carolina. Participants will discuss different styles and motifs; make primitive tattooing tools, inks, and pigments; and practice tattooing on non-human skin.

July 31-August 1

 Stone tools have been used by humans for millions of years. Discover the history of stone
tools, their importance in human evolution, and practice this age-old skill. Participants in
this 2-day workshop will learn basic to intermediate flintknapping, including percussion
and pressure techniques, as well as blade and flake tool technology.

Gourd Working

Participants in this workshop will learn the uses and manufacturing processes for making gourd implements such as containers, instruments, ornaments, and various other items used every day in prehistoric lifestyles.