Calendar of Classes & Events
for 2018

 

 

WINTER COUNT
This premier event focuses on primitive technology. The Winter Count gathering has a varitety of workshops that will be familiar and will also introduce you to many new and different formats, skills and personalities. Experienced instructors, with diverse primitive skills, will teach you how to brain tan deer hide, create pottery, learn fire-by-friction methods, ply cordage and many other utilitarian skills.
Date: February 11 - 17, 2018
Location: Florence, Arizona
For info & registration: Contact Joshua Sage at Winter Count.

 

STORIES OF THE PAST: STONE TOOLS
Travel back in time and follow the progression of tool making through the story of stone. How were stone tools made? Learn about the rock cycle, flintknapping and grinding techniques to shape rocks. Examine prehistoric replicas of Stone Age technology.


Date: March 4, 2018
Time: 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Naturalist: Dino Labiste
Fee: No fee for the program (only $5.00 parking fee/vehicle)
Location: Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont, CA 94555
Meet at the front entrance of the Coyote Hills Visitor Center at 1:30 pm.
No registration, drop-in, for information call (510) 544-3215 or (510) 544-3220.

 

FLINT-KNAPPING: THE ART OF MAKING ARROWHEADS AND STONE TOOLS
In this introductory class you will participate in a 2.5-million-year-old tradition of making tools from stone . . . . our most ancient technology! Beginners will learn about the different types of stone used to make tools, and will receive a basic knapping kit to learn and take home. Stone to work on (obsidian) will also be provided. Bring along eye protection and leather gloves, if you have them.


Date: March 10, 2018 and March 24, 2018
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm with a 1/2 hour lunch break (bring your own lunch)
Instructor: Ken Peek
Fee: $90
Min/max Age: 16-yrs-old / Adult
Location: Caning Shop, 926 Gilman Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
Registration Required: Call (510) 527-5010 or e-mail jim@caning.com at the Caning Shop (Tues. to Sat.)
Contact Ken Peek for information: kspeek123@att.net

 

THE FIBER ARTS OF CORDAGE MAKING
The ability to twist, twine or braid fiber into cordage allowed indigenous cultures to tie their world together. Learn the various techniques of gathering, preparation, extracting and plying of different plant materials to create cordage. Practice the efficient method of leg rolling dogbane fibers. The skill to ply plant fibers into cordage led to the creation of woven cloth and the textile arts. We'll make a small looped string bag using our newly made cordage as the beginning foundation for the bag. Due to the limited amount of time, we'll continue and finish the bag using commercial cotton cordage that has been colored with natural plant dyes. The looped string bag will look similar to the bag in the photo below.


Date: March 10, 2018
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm with a 1/2 hour lunch break (bring your own lunch)
Instructor: Dino Labiste
Fee: $95
Min/max Age: 16-yrs-old / Adult
Location: Caning Shop, 926 Gilman Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
Registration Required: Call (510) 527-5010 or e-mail jim@caning.com at the Caning Shop (Tues. to Sat.)
Contact Dino Labiste for information: kahikoarts@yahoo.com

 

WILD EDIBLES AND PLANT USES HIKE
The Ohlone Peoples and European settlers gathered wild plants for food, medicine and tools. Identify edible plants on a springtime hike. Gather Miner’s lettuce for a tasty salad, process Manzanita cider, try Stinging nettle soup, snack on Pine nuts and sample other savory wild foods.


Date: March 11, 2018
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Date: April 7, 2018
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Instructor: Dino Labiste
Fee: No fee for the program (only $5.00 parking fee/vehicle)
Min/max Age: 18-yrs-old and older
Location: Garin/Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park, 1320 Garin Avenue, Hayward, CA 94544
Meet at the Garin Barn Visitor Center (red barn).
Registration Required: Call 1-888-327-2757, option 2
Contact Naturalist Dino Labiste for information: (510) 544-3215

 

SEDGE & RUSH BASKET
Baskets are found all over the world in various cultures. They serve utilitarian uses, such as gathering, transporting and storage, as well as aesthetic purposes. Experience the ability to create a basket from sedge and rush plants. You'll learn three different twining techniques that were found in native baskets of the Central Valley of California. Harvesting, processing and preparation methods will be discussed. Come and enjoy a day of making a twined basket out of plants from the marsh.


Date: March 24, 2018
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm with a 1/2 hour lunch break (bring your own lunch)
Instructor: Dino Labiste
Fee: $95
Min/max Age: 18-yrs-old and older
Location: Caning Shop, 926 Gilman Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
Registration Required: Call (510) 527-5010 or e-mail jim@caning.com at the Caning Shop (Tues. to Sat.)
Contact Dino Labiste for information: kahikoarts@yahoo.com

 

SKILLS OF THE PAST: FIRE MAKING
Ever wondered how fire was created in other cultures before matches or a lighter? Unravel the secrets of fire-by-friction, fire-by-percussion and fire-by-compression. Discover the techniques to produce a glowing ember as we practice our fire making skills through hands-on activities and demonstrations.


Date: March 25, 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Instructor: Dino Labiste
Fee: No fee for the program (only $5.00 parking fee/vehicle)
Min/max Age: 16-yrs-old / Adult
Location: Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont, CA 94555
Meet at the front entrance of the Visitor Center.
Registration Required: Call 1-888-327-2757, option 2
Contact Naturalist Dino Labiste for information: (510) 544-3215

 

SKILLS OF THE PAST: CORDAGE MAKING
The ability to twist, twine or braid fiber into cordage allowed indigenous cultures to tie their world together. Learn the various techniques of gathering, preparation, extracting and plying of plant materials to create cordage. Practice the efficient method of leg rolling plant fibers.


Date: March 25, 2018
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Instructor: Dino Labiste
Fee: No fee for the program (only $5.00 parking fee/vehicle)
Min/max Age: 9-yrs-old / Adult
Location: Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont, CA 94555
Meet at the front entrance of the Visitor Center.
Registration Required: Call 1-888-327-2757, option 2
Contact Naturalist Dino Labiste for information: (510) 544-3215

 

WILD EDIBLES & PLANT USES HIKE
(See above: March 11 class for descripton and more information of the program)
Date: April 7, 2018
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Registration Required: Call 1-888-327-2757, option 2
Contact Naturalist Dino Labiste for information: (510) 544-3215

 

SKILLS OF THE PAST: WILLOW BASKET
Willow was used by California Natives for various utilitarian baskets. What makes this versatile plant of the wetlands so unique? Learn more as we create a traditional style basket from whole shoot willow.


Date: April 14, 2018
Time: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Instructor: Dino Labiste
Min/max Age: 18-yrs-old and older
Fee: $35 ($39 for non-resident of Contra Costa and Alameda Counties) + $5.00 parking fee/vehicle
Location: Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont, CA 94555
Meet at the front entrance of the Visitor Center
Registration Required: Call 1-888-327-2757, option 2
Contact Naturalist Dino Labiste for information: (510) 544-3215

 

OHLONE VILLAGE SITE TOUR
Meet at the Visitor Center and visit the Ohlone exhibits and displays. Then, we'll walk 1/4 of a mile through vibrant marsh habitat to a 2,200-year-old Ohlone village site. Along the trail, we’ll identify plants that provided food, medicine and tools for the Ohlone Peoples. Tour reconstructed structures, like a tule house, shade shelter, sweat house and a circular subterranean house. You'll also get the opportunity to examine reproductions of artifacts of the first people of the San Francisco Bay Area.


Date: April 28, 2018
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Naturalist: Dino Labiste
Fee: No fee for the program (only $5.00 parking fee/vehicle)
Location: Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont, CA 94555
Meet at the front entrance of the Coyote Hills Visitor Center at 10:00 am and 1:30 pm.
No registration, drop-in, for information call (510) 544-3215 or (510) 544-3220.

 

BUCKEYE GATHERING: BELTAINE
Ancestral Arts & Primitive Living Skills
The gathering is an educational event that will consist of teachers hosting classes ongoing for five days, on a variety of topics including: hand-drill fire making, plant fiber cordage, stone tools, buckskin, basket weaving, nature awareness, pottery, local flora and fauna identification, food preparation (acorns!), primitive weapons including bows and arrows, fiber arts, herbalism, shelter building, and storytelling. We are excited to have local Native American involvement in both the planning process and the event itself. We will encourage a family-oriented, all-ages event and will emphasize skills and materials indigenous to California, while welcoming students and instructors from all over the map. There will be activities interspersed throughout the week such as a marketplace, panel discussion, and dance night. We will provide breakfast and dinner. Participant camping will consist of cars, tents, tipis, and trailers.


Date: April 29 - May 5, 2018
Fee: Access http://buckeyegathering.net for fee prices.
Location: Lake Concow Campground, Butte Co., CA
Contact califorigin@gmail.com for more information.

 

BUCKEYE GATHERING: PATHWAYS
Spend five full days with one advanced teacher following an intensive pathway in a specific field. There will be various experienced instructors to select from. All of the teachers have many years of expertise and knowledge on the topic they'll be teaching. Register for a more focused batch of ancestral arts or wilderness living skills.
Date: May 8 - 14, 2018
Fee: Access http://buckeyegathering.net for fee prices.
Location: Lake Concow Campground, Butte Co., CA
Contact califorigin@gmail.com for more information.

 

TULE HOUSE CONSTRUCTION
Lend a hand as we reconstruct a ruway or tule house. Come and help gather tule. Take pride in thatching the ruway with tule. The Ohlone style house will be on exhibit and used in our cultural history programs for years to come.


Date: June 10, 2018
Time: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Instructor: Dino Labiste
Min/max Age: 8-yrs-old (parent participation required) / Adult
Location: Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont, CA 94555
Meet at the front entrance of the Visitor Center.
No registration, drop-in, for information call (510) 544-3215 or (510) 544-3220.

 

BERRY PICKING BASKET
Tule was used by California Natives for various utilitarian items, like mats, boats, thatching for houses, as well as baskets. What are the characteristics of this versatile sedge plant? Learn more about tule as we create a berry picking basket.
Participation in the tule gathering is required. You must register for both days.


Date: June 10, 2018 (gather tule), Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Date: June 24, 2018 (make the berry basket), Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Instructor: Dino Labiste
Min/max Age: 18-yrs-old and older
Fee: $15 ($17 for non-resident of Contra Costa and Alameda Counties) + $5.00 parking fee/vehicle
Location: Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont, CA 94555
Meet at the front entrance of the Visitor Center on June 24.
Registration Required: Call 1-888-327-2757, option 2
Contact Naturalist Dino Labiste for information: (510) 544-3215

 

FATHER'S DAY ADVENTURE: FIRE MAKING
Learn how to start a fire without mathes or lighters. Unravel the science behind how the hand drill produces an ember. Generate solar power to create a hot coal using an aluminum can or a water bottle. Acquire the skill to build a safe and efficient campfire.


Date: June 17, 2018
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Instructor: Dino Labiste
Min/max Age: 8-yrs-old (parent participation required) / Adult
Fee: No fee for the program (only $5.00 parking fee/vehicle)
Location: Garin/Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park, 1320 Garin Avenue, Hayward, CA 94544
Meet at the Garin Barn Visitor Center (red barn) at 10:00 am.
No registration, drop-in, for information call (510) 544-3215 or (510) 544-3220.

 

FATHER'S DAY ADVENURE: ATLATL THROWERS
Join us for a day of Stone Age activity using a prehistoric dart thrower. Atlatls were utilized by hunter/gatherer societies. Watch a demonstration on how to create a Paleolithic stone point. Try your skill at hitting a target with an atlatl dart.


Date: June 17, 2018
Time: 1:30 am - 3:30 pm
Instructor: Dino Labiste
Min/max Age: 8-yrs-old (parent participation required) / Adult
Fee: No fee for the program (only $5.00 parking fee/vehicle)
Location: Garin/Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park, 1320 Garin Avenue, Hayward, CA 94544
Meet at the Garin Barn Visitor Center (red barn) at 1:30 am. We will do the activity at the base of the hill on the far side behind the red barn.
No registration, drop-in, for information call (510) 544-3215 or (510) 544-3220.

 

RABBITSTICK RENDEZVOUS
The Rabbitstick Rendezvous is a totally unique learning experience of various primitive technology and wilderness skills. This premier event focuses on hands-on classes that will introduce you to many new and varied formats, skills and personalities. Rabbitstick will provide you with an unparalleled chance to learn from both journeyman and master teachers. This gathering of experienced instructors and eager participants is made available to you from Backtracks. The Rabbitstick Rendezvous is one of the largest and oldest of the comtemporary primitive skills gatherings.
Date: September 9 - 15, 2018
Location: Rexburg, Idaho
For info & registration: Contact Backtracks at https://www.rabbitstick.com/

 


 

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