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Explorations In Ancient Arts: Bone And Cane Whistles And Flutes

May 28, 2022
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Price: $95
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Placer Nature Center
3700 Christian Valley Road
Auburn, CA, CA
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Contact Information:
Event ID: 195659
Phone: 530.878.6053
Email: programs@placernaturecenter.org
Web: http://www.placernaturecenter.org
These outdoor workshops are presented to re-introduce the public to the Natural World via our shared human heritage, through arts education, ancient skills training and traditional environmental knowledge. Participants will gain hands-on experience in creating art in the same manner of our ancient ancestors, using only materials found in the natural environment!

Workshops will be facilitated by Chuck Kritzon of Willow Deer Education, and be held the 4th Saturday of the month, starting in March. Each workshop runs from 10am to 4pm (including a break for lunch) and costs $95 (includes material fee). Workshops are for adults and mature, focused teens.

Primitive – Prime – First
Participants/ students completing multiple workshops will gain competency in the basic primitive skills utilized by ancient peoples to survive in a prehistoric world, as they are the same skills needed to create art and artifacts.
Workshop participants will master how to make a wide variety of ornaments, beads, paint, brushes, toys, games and musical instruments using natural materials from the local environment and around the world. Learning how to make the stone and bone tools needed to create these replicas is an integral part of these workshops.
These workshops will be challenging, but the reward of having mastered these eons old techniques will give you a genuine appreciation for the skills, knowledge and cultural depths of our ancient ancestors and of their intimate knowledge of, and relationship with the Natural World.

Bone and Cane Whistles and Flutes: Saturday May 28
Humans have been making bone whistles and flutes for at least 35,000 years. In this workshop you will master the ancient techniques of making whistles out of both bone and cane, complete with cords and decorations.
To craft these items, you will make/identify a variety of stone saws and drills and learn to make pine pitch adhesive. Using these tools the class will cut, shape and drill bones and river cane to make loud whistles. Examples and an overview of other ancient methods for creating music and rhythm will be demonstrated. The techniques you will learn can be applied to creating a flute if time allows.

Contact programs@placernaturecenter.org to sign up!
 
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