Life for indigenous hunter gatherers was not a day to day struggle to survive. Establishing homes, whether seasonal or permanent, and learning to fully live with the environment left earth based cultures with time to advance beyond momentary needs. This allowed them to approach large time consuming projects. In this way they learned the secrets of the natural materials available to them, and applied them to meet their needs and improve their lives. Skills grew within cultures and were passed on from generation to generation, refining and building upon the past.
These primitive skills come from around the world and throughout time. They belong to the human lineage of hunter gatherers. Some skills are specific to cultures and environments, some span the world and the ages. In all the resources and museum artifacts we have viewed one things stands out.
The tremendous level of artistry and skill people brought to making the everyday things they used and lived by. The care and craftsmanship people bring to their work demonstrates high levels of understanding not only of the materials and processes used, but in the function of the finished product.
Working these skills is one of our greatest pleasures and one that never ceases to teach us and build our connection to the Earth.