primitive skills

The Origins Program is a journey over nine months where we practice and build a variety of traditional skills, with the goal of going on a weeklong trip into the woods and utilizing them.  The rules for the final trip are simple; no metal, no glass, no paper, and no plastic.

The art of transforming skins into leather is a traditional skill held by nearly every human culture that existed up until the industrial revolution.  Protecting our skin from the elements is the first step for meeting our shelter needs and the skins and furs of animals are perfect for providing the raw materials for manufacturing clothing.  Modern Homo sapiens’ lack of skill to meet this basic survival need is an indicator of how far removed contemporary humanity is from our origins.  This is why we decided to teach the children of our Clovis and Jumping Mouse programs how to tan hides