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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 the shared inheritance of primitive ('first') skills.
|Publisher:||Smith, Gibbs Publisher|
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|Age Range:||18 Years|
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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.
Table of ContentsAcknowledments
The Stone Age Edge
Sheltered In Prehistory
By the Hearth
Woven Through Time
To Hunt and To Fish
The Aboriginal Arts
Applied Primitive Skills
About the Author
The Society of Primitive Technology
Schiele Museum Aboriginal Studies Program