PALEOTECHNICS
Ancient Arts & Technologies
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About Us

A lifetime of exposures to
a variety of important influences &
experimentation have provided
a broad base upon which
has been built a diverse skill set.

 
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Tamara Wilder

Tamara has been learning, researching, experminenting with and teaching ancient living skills since 1989.

She currently offers hands-on 
Ancient Living Skills
Overview Programs

for schools anD groups
and
Topical Workshops
for adults
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:

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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. 

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Current Demonstration & Display locations include:


Steven Edholm
SKILLCULT.COM

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.

A collection of his older writings can be found at the Turkeysong blog and the Paleotechnics Blog.

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JIM RIGGS

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.


 

PUBLICATONS

Buckskin: The Ancient Art of Braintanning (1997)

Paleotechnics Handbooks
-CALIFORNIA BAY LAUREL Handbook

-SHARPENING TOOLS Handbook
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SO YOU HAVE A DEAD ANIMAL? Handbook
-
USING THE WHOLE ANIMAL Handbook
-SUSTAINABLE HARVEST Handbook
-PEPPERONCINI, PIMENTOS AND HOT SAUCE Handbook

Chapters on
in Primitive Technology I & Primitive Technology II

Chapter on "Whole Shoot Willow Basketry" (1994).
in  WOODSMOKE: Collected Writings on Ancient Living Skills 

BLOG:

Paleotechnics Blog - LEARN, FIND, MAKE
paleotechnics.wordpress.com


MEDIA:

Online Journal KNOW
”Learn to Burn” article
9/25/12

Ukiah Daily Journal 
”Ancient Skills for Modern Times” article
9/17/2009

Featured in the show Modern Marvels: Leather on the History Channel - 2006

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San Francisco Chronicle
”Getting Back to Basics” article
2/12/2004


 

Past Workshop & Presentation hosts include: 

Past Demonstration & Display Locations include: