Tamara has been learning, researching, experminenting with and teaching ancient living skills since 1989.
She currently offers hands-on
Ancient Living Skills
for schools anD groups
all around Northern California.
These classes vary depending on the interest and age level of the group but usually include quite a focus on hands-on activity and are very well received by both the teachers, youth and adults alike.
Tamara originally began sharing skills with others by assisting Margaret Mathewson and teaching for the Santa Cruz Mountians Natural History Assn (SCMNHA) Old Ways Seminar Series in Felton, the Rabbitstick Rendezvous Skills Gathering in Rexburg, ID in 1989 and the MAPOM California Indian Living Skills Seminar Series at Pt. Reyes National Seashore in 1990.
See scheduled classes for present schedule.
Current locales for Workshops and Programs include:
Sonoma Horticultural Nursery in Sebastopol, CA
UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens in Berkeley, CA
Heartwood Mountain Sanctuary near Garberville, CA
Occidental Arts & Ecology Center in Occidental, CA
California School of Herbal Studies in Forestville, CA
Not-So-Simple Living Fair in Boonville, CA
Camp Bohemia in Occidental, CA
Northern California Women's Herbal Symposium
in Laytonville, CA
Spirit Weavers Gathering in Cave Junction, OR
Buckeye Gathering near Paradise, CA
Saskatoon Circle Gathering near Carlton, WA
Fall Gather in Laytonville, CA
Winter Count near Pheonix, AZ
She regularly demonstrates many of these skills at a variety of fairs and for groups, schools, museums and "living pre-history" events, which often includes replicating artifacts and/or making displays so that the public can better understand the processes by which they were produced as well as have the opportunity to handle and touch a particular item.
Steven has been learning, researching, experminenting with and teaching ancient living skills since 1987.
His most recent writings, videos and information on a plethora of projects and topics can be found at Skillcult.com
He originally started assisting Margaret Mathewson and teaching for the Santa Cruz Mountians Natural History Assn (SCMNHA) Old Ways Seminar Series in Felton, CA, the Rabbitstick Rendezvous Skills Gathering in Rexburg, ID in 1989 and the MAPOM California Indian Living Skills Seminar Series at Pt. Reyes National Seashore in 1990 and continued to teach workshops for a number of years.
Mentors, friends & colleagues who have shared countless bits of information around camp are many,
but the one that stands out as having had a tremendous amount of impact is all around skills icon,
Jim Riggs, who passed away in August of 2017.
Proud to be a luddite, there is very little on the internet about Jim but his daughter Kolle has started
a project called the Jim Riggs Room at his home in Eastern Oregon.
Please visit the Jim Riggs archive and reading room on patreon,
learn more and donate to help her honor her dad’s legacy.
Also visit the Jim Riggs Memories page on Facebook where stories, pictures and memories are being shared.
Buckskin: The Ancient Art of Braintanning (1997)
-CALIFORNIA BAY LAUREL Handbook
-SHARPENING TOOLS Handbook
-SO YOU HAVE A DEAD ANIMAL? Handbook
-USING THE WHOLE ANIMAL Handbook
-SUSTAINABLE HARVEST Handbook
-PEPPERONCINI, PIMENTOS AND HOT SAUCE Handbook
in Primitive Technology I & Primitive Technology II
Chapter on "Whole Shoot Willow Basketry" (1994).
in WOODSMOKE: Collected Writings on Ancient Living Skills
Paleotechnics Blog - LEARN, FIND, MAKE
Past Workshop & Presentation hosts include:
Solar Living Institute in Hopland, CA
Polcum Springs in Laytonville, CA
Breitenbush Herbal Conference in Dexter, OR
Weston A. Price Foundation "Wise Traditions" Conference in Santa Clara, CA
Mendocino Art Center in Mendocino, CA
MAPOM Seminar Series at Pt. Reyes National Seashore
(in cooperation with College of Marin)
Pt Reyes National Seashore Assn (PRNSA) in Pt Reyes, CA
Hill of the Hawk Ranch in Big Sur, CA
Devil's Gulch Ranch in Nicasio, CA
New College of California in Santa Rosa, CA
California Academy of Sciences Junior Academy Program in San Francisco, CA
The Caning Shop in Berkeley, CA
Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont, CA
Ancient Arts & Technologies in Alsea, OR
Rabbitstick in Rexburg, ID
Echoes In Time near Silverton, OR