JEMEZ SPRINGS – So you know how to text, tweet, email and Facebook. But can you make it through the day without batteries and electricity? Can you make an axe out of stone? How about a knife from some bone? Have you started a fire by rubbing sticks together?
You can learn how to do that and more during the Earth Skills Gathering June 6 at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
Earth skills are ancient, primitive, or traditional skills, which people from all around the globe have practiced for thousands of years and in some parts of the world still do today. They are the skills that afforded our ancestors a comfortable and good life on this planet and ultimately the reason why we are here now.
Come learn from skilled demonstrators as they knap arrowheads, craft pottery, start primitive fires, throw atlatls, and create useful objects out of stone, bone, wood, clay, plant fibers, and leather. There will also be rounds of primitive games that your family can join in.
So jump in your horseless carriage and take a ride to the Valles Caldera National Preserve on N.M. 4. Enter at mile marker 39.2 and drive down to the Valle Grande Visitor Center where the fun begins at 10 a.m. and runs to 5 p.m. June 6. For more information, you can call 866.382.5537 or go to www.vallescaldera.gov. Come see how things were made before electricity and machines began doing things for us. Join us for the Earth Skills Gathering at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Admission is included with your entrance fee. Batteries not included.
For more information on available activities and programs at the Valles Caldera call 866.382.5537 or go to www.vallescaldera.gov. Click on the calendar tab at the top of the page for a daily schedule of events. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
The Valles Caldera Trust oversees the Valles Caldera National Preserve, formerly the privately owned “Baca Ranch.” The 88,900 acre property is located in the Jemez Mountains in northern New Mexico. It was purchased by the federal government in 2000 under the Valles Caldera
National Preservation Act. The property is known for its huge meadows, abundant wildlife, meandering stream, remarkable scenery and science based adaptive management. More information about the preserve can be found at www.vallescaldera.gov.