Exposure has given presentations and taught primitive skills to
virtually all age groups, in classrooms and the outdoors... for
public schools, primitive skills groups, Boy Scouts, the College
of Southern Idaho's Herrett Center for Arts and Science, and others.
Highly interactive, these programs engage the audience in varying
aspects of history, biology, composition, and awareness that can
be applied to everyday life. Wearing replicated garb draws the attention
in further making it a particularly fun learning experience for
young students, cultivating their curiosity to learn more. Very
adaptive, these programs can be tailored to fit any age from ten
years and up, and last from little more than an hour to all day.
you so much for the wonderful experience you shared with
the students of the Three Creek School. I was very impressed
by your entertaining and down-to-earth manner with the
children. The content of your presentation is fascinating
and engaging: It’s clear you are very familiar with
your subject and have experimented with it, which makes
it real for the students. In addition, your ways of relating
keep the audience’s attention and invite participation
as in a free-flowing dialogue. You’ve a bit of the
actor that you used to spice up the day with moments of
drama. I also noticed that you could feel when attention
was flagging and, with an impeccable sense of timing,
immediately changed the pace or called for a break that
allowed the excitement of the students to build again
with the next experience. Of course, shooting primitive
bows and arrows or making fire by rubbing sticks to spark
a “nest” of kindling fuel is practically magic
to young ones. And, everyone enjoyed your being in costume
as well as having the opportunity to examine and explore
the many replicas that you brought with you. We’re
already discussing having you back for a series of workshops
that will allow our students to absorb more of the subject
matter while learning hands-on skills." -Beverly
deGero, Ranch Kids Facilitator, Three Creek School, ID
(read more about Earthen Exposure
Presentations: An artful
display of prehistoric replicas such as basketry, bows and arrows,
quivers, a sleeping mat, figurines,
duck decoys, fish trap, harpoon, etc along with various materials
in their raw form, and much more. Many of the implements and
materials can be passed around for investigation, at the same
time engaging the audience in a dialogue about their anthropological
context. A minimum recommended time is 1
Figure making (see photo below), fire, archery, and cordage
making. Sometimes combined with presentations, demonstrations
can also be interactive, giving for instance, each individual
a chance to feel for themselves what it feels like to shoot
the type of bow shot a thousand years ago.
archery is best for groups of 12 or less. Otherwise, any group
size works for watching a demonstration.
Allowing time for questions and answers, a minimum
recommended time to watch each subject is 1/2 hour.
Workshops: Toy cattail
ducks and dolls, animal figurines from
from split tule or willow, fire-making, and cordage.
Everyone takes home what they make! Supplies
provided. Can be as short as 30 minutes
or up to 4 hours. With 4th grade through middle school, a group
size of less than 25 is preferable.
Private instruction is
also available for individuals or small groups. In addition
to the above workshop lessons, this can also include bow making,
wild plant identification, and more. Instruction is tailor fit.
with all age groups, this Cattail doll, split Tule figurine,
and Cattail duck was enthusiastically made by a 4th grader.
A class of twenty five 4th graders can be taught all three
in two hours (the duck alone in ~15 minutes). In the process,
the students learn about the environments in which the
materials grow, the history behind the figures, the varying
ways these plants were used by the Native Americans, and
how they are used today in environmental remediation.
Workshops and demonstrations
bring to life the skills the Native people relied upon for survival,
giving participants a foundation in which to build a greater appreciation
for the past.
Available for public and
private schools (4th grade to university), home school groups,
parties, and public events within a 300 mile radius of Twin
Falls, Idaho. If you are outside this area, but within the Western
U.S., please inquire. Depending on location, it may still work.
Programs can vary between
a simple 1.25 hour mini presentation, or workshop, to an all
day presentation/demo/workshop combination. A multi-day event
may also be possible.
Rates begin at $100 and are
reasonable thereafter. Please contact
for private instruction rates.