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 authentically replicated Native American
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 eight years and up, and last from little more than
an hour to all day.
Demonstrations: 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
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.
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 1/4 hours.
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
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 3rd grade through
middle school, a group size of less than 25 is preferable.
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
and give participants a foundation in which to build upon a greater
appreciation of the past.
Available for public and
private schools (3rd 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