Practicing Primitive: A Handbook of Aboriginal Skills

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Practicing Primitive: A Handbook of Aboriginal Skills is a collection of information and images put together over a twenty-year period in a search for hands-on communication with our shared Stone Age past. The story of the Stone Age is our story, and primitive technology is a way for anyone who wants to understand that shared history. Watts makes the case that the learning and practice of aboriginal skills helps us connect with our remote past, encourages us to participate in ...
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Overview

Practicing Primitive: A Handbook of Aboriginal Skills is a collection of information and images put together over a twenty-year period in a search for hands-on communication with our shared Stone Age past. The story of the Stone Age is our story, and primitive technology is a way for anyone who wants to understand that shared history. Watts makes the case that the learning and practice of aboriginal skills helps us connect with our remote past, encourages us to participate in the shared inheritance of primitive ('first') skills.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586852993
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 3/11/2005
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 664,542
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven M. Watts, has directed the Aboriginal Studies Program at the Schiele Museum of Natural History in Gastonia, North Carolina, since 1984. Steve is currently president of the international Society of Primitive Technology, which publishes a biannual journal, The Bulletin of Primitive Technology. He is the author of many articles dealing with culture and technology, and served as a consultant on the 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment movie Cast Away. Steve has an undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University and a master's degree from Duke University.
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Pre Face

You and I are related. We share a genetic and technological lineage which began deep in Mother Africa many millennia ago. Our bodies, our brains and our behaviors bear the marks of htis long journey through time.
In your hands you hold a bundle. Practicing Primitive: A Handbook of Aboriginal Skills is a collection of words and images put together over a twenty-year period in a search for hands-on communication with that stone age past. These words and images are artifacts of my attempts to share that connection with others.
Some were meant for publication at their conception. Some were designed specifically for use by my students. And, some were simply the results of self-expression and instrospection. Gathered together here, they are yours to open and use-skills to be practiced and ideas to be pondered.
Yet, like relics removed from their archaeological context, they have little meaning in and of themselves. They are tools meant to point beyond themselves to a greater understanding and appreciation of our shared prehistoric heritage. They are signposts on a journey-markers on a trail.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledments

Pre Face

Our Ancestors...Ourselves

The Stone Age Edge

Sheltered In Prehistory

By the Hearth

Woven Through Time

To Hunt and To Fish

The Aboriginal Arts

Applied Primitive Skills

After Word

About the Author

The Society of Primitive Technology

Schiele Museum Aboriginal Studies Program

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