Winter Count in Maricopa, Arizona
February 13 - 19, 2005

Cost: $245 (early registration, prior to February 1, 2005)
Cost: $275 (late registration)
The fee covers your campsite, instruction, 2 simple meals a day and all campground services (including sanitary services, firewood, potable water and parking).

Backtracks, LLC
PO Box 905
Rexburg, ID 83440
208-359-2400 Voice/FAX
E-mail Dave Wescot:

Winter Count is a contemporary primitive skills gathering that offers a real hands-on learning experience that will get you started on a variety of primitive skills and keep you going. This conference is designed for you to meet a diverse group of nationally known instructors, authors, practitioners and performers. There are 20 to 30 classes each day that range from introductory to advanced, kids camp, evening campfires (drumming and dancing), friendly primitive weapons competitions and more.
Backtracks also offers another primitive skills gathering in the summer called the Rabbitstick Rendezvous. The event is held from September 14 to 20, 2003 in Rexburg, Idaho.


Photos from Winter Count 2001
(for more photos on past Winter Count and Rabbitstick Rendezvous events, access

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Opening presentations Opening presentations Opening presentations Opening presentations Hawk Paul Campbell
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Ken Wee Annie Bart Blankenship Cathy Albert Abril Digger's brain tanned hides
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atlatl competition Dino's coconut shell drum class The babes of Wintercount Cody Lundin Egyptian fire by friction device John Olsen's Egyptian fire by friction device
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Egyptian fire by friction device in action Dick Baugh's fire saw We have an ember Vince Pinto's fire plow Fire plow in action Hand drill fire
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Looking at the primitive goods Hawk and Alice Tulloch's cordage demo Patrick's Navajo loom      



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