1. Primitive Arrow Making

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    from Brad Salon / Added

    Every year in March Roots School runs the Primitive Arrow Making course in Central Vermont. Native people often spent more time perfecting their arrows than their bows. In the act of hunting it is the arrow that delivers the killing blow, and its quality and precision are of the utmost importance. Thus, the process of building primitive arrows is an intricate art that is often overlooked. In this course we cover shaft harvesting, preparation and straightening, pitch preparation, fletching and hafting. We discuss the dynamics of arrow flight as it relates to spine weight and bow poundage, as well as different types of projectile points; such as stone, bone, antler, and hardwood. Students leave with a fully primitive hunting quality arrow. Shot on Nikon D7000 with 60 mm Nikkor, 35 mm Nikkor, Small HD DP 6, Jag 35 Follow Focus, Rode Shotgun Shot and Cut by Brad Salon

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    • Brian makes a 7 minute arrowhead

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      Wilderness survival skills instructor Brian Schuch sits down to make a 7 minute arrowhead out of a glass bottle. We tried to shoot in a burly location to add to the who urban hunter-gatherer ambiance.

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      • Making an Acheulean handaxe

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        from John Piprani / Added

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        This is an edited record of the archaeologist and flintknapper Karl Lee making an Acheulean handaxe at the University of Manchester. This short edit is a teaching tool designed to be embedded in Powerpoint and used for seminars within the Department of Archaeology. The finished handaxe made by Karl can be examined and handled by the students during the seminar both before and after viewing. For individual students with a particular interest in the technology, a complete version of the recording is available, along with the handaxe and all the debitage for re-fitting purposes.

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        • Experimental production of a Middle to Upper Palaeolithic 'Transitional' industry: some comments and questions.

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          from John Piprani / Added

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          This is a first edit of five days production with experimental archaeologist Karl Lee. Materially it resulted in a series of 'blade points', and characteristic debitage for each of four (heuristic) stages that comprise the production process. This material will be used within the next stage of my PhD to understand the production context of a number of incomplete museum collections. However, the making of the artifacts brought up some interesting questions and comments from the flint-knapper, and it is these aspects that are the focus of this 17 minute film.

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          • Making an Oldowan bifacial chopper tool.

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            from John Piprani / Added

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            This is an unedited record of the archaeologist and flintknapper Karl Lee making an Oldowan bifacial chopper tool at a workshop in the University of Manchester. This is a teaching resource designed to be embedded in Powerpoint and used for seminars within the Department of Archaeology. The finished chopper tool made by Karl can be examined and handled by the students during the seminar both before and after viewing. For individual students with a particular interest in the technology, the recording is available, along with the chopper tool and all the debitage for re-fitting purposes.

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            • Scott Jones flintknapping

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              Scott Jones of mediaprehistoria.com demonstrates some techniques for making tools out of stone.

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              • A Stone Age People in New Guinea (1936-7)

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                Film by Oxford Anthropologist Beatrice Blackwood of the Anga people (Kukukuku) of the Upper Watut, Papua New Guinea, among whom she conducted fieldwork in 1936-7. Focuses mainly on technology and material culture. PRM1938.36.1711–1713. Beatrice Blackwood’s film notes: Reel 1. Landing ground at Salaman. Planes and views from them. Arrival at OTIBANDA. Domestic scenes of KUKUKUKU life, eating, hair-dressing, making plaited armlets, net bags, etc., digging up sweet potatoes. Ends with boy swinging bull-roarer in the forest, part of initiation ceremony, the rest of which could not be filmed... Reel 2. Panorama of view from my house at ANDARORA, KUKUKUKU country. Making bark cloth. Making stone adze blade and hafting it. Making wooden club using stone adze. Making stone club head. Episodes of village life, making bows and arrows, making fire... Reel 3 (a). Brief shots of BENABENA natives, taken at SALAMAUA: cane-swallowing, making fire, making plaited arm band. (b). NEW BRITAIN, ARAWE TRIBE. Using blow-gun. Binding baby’s head. Making bark-cloth. Coastal scenery. (c). Dances by various tribes of MOROBE District at gathering held in celebration of the Coronation of King George VI, arranged by the District Officer at Salamona. Arrival by canoe, dances, departure.

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                • Old ways and Modern People: Ancient Living Skills

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                  from Brad Salon / Added

                  A short video I shot and edited about the Ancient Living Skills course at Roots School in Central Vermont. At this course students learn the materials and processes to create bone tools such as knives and awls, soap stone carving, advanced fiber technology, rawhide and willow pack baskets, birch bark plaiting, and more. This is also one of the courses in the Origins Program, a nine month long course in which students take one course a month and end with a week out in the Vermont wilds putting to use the tools and weapons they have made throughout the course. For more information about Roots School, Ancient Living Skills, or the Origins Program visit us at www.RootsVT.com

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                  • Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site

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                    Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site, near Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada. 30 second overview features a spectacular flyover of the cliffs where 5000 years of buffalo bones attest to the ingenuity of Native North American buffalo hunters on the Great Plains. See the award winning visitor centre, built right into the cliff side with 6 levels of displays. Learn more at our website http://www.history.alberta.ca/headsmashedin/default.aspx

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                    • ReWild Eugene: Making Discoidal Stone Tools

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                      Here is a simple way to make stone tools that requires very little specialized skill. These are great because they are easy to make, disposable if they break, and can be used for anything from skinning to carving a fire kit to felling a tree. Visit www.rewild.com

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