Welcome!

The 17th annual

Bois D' Arc Primitive Skills Camp & Knap-In

at Hulston Mill Historic Park near Greenfield, MO

 
September 26 - 28, 2014
(Knap-In and public area open Thursday the 26th, workshops start Friday morning on the 27th)

Dedicated to the research, practice and teaching of ancient lifeways and wilderness skills. 
 

Directions: From Springfield MO, take Hwy 160 approx. 30 mi. west (approx. 20 mi past Bois D' Arc Conservation area, 7 miles east of Greenfield) to EE hwy, right 1.8 mi., then right on C.R. 92 .8 mi. to the Mill entrance on the right, follow signs.

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This unique event has two parts - a free knap-in/native arts-crafts show starting Thursday, with top-notch knappers, artists, and crafters from a 20-state area making and selling their work. In the Workshop Area starting Friday, a pool of some of the area's finest instructors offer workshops on various wilderness skills and crafts. You can learn the survival skills of our ancestors, and in many classes, take home a completed project. 

Overnight camping and vendor-knapper setup - $5/night, a limited number of electric sites available on a first-come basis - $15/night. If you arrive before Wednesday, leave camping fee in the deposit box, Wednesday and after, please pay at the Registration Booth. Food Concession provided by the Dade County Historical Society.

 

Admission to the Workshop Area - $60/day or $150/3 days:

Get your hands on it, and learn with some of the finest primitive skills instructors in the midwest!

Below is a partial list of workshops available - the list may change to to instructor availability, check registration for an updated schedule.

  • Friction Fire
  • Flintknapping
  • Flute-making
  • Basketry and Pottery
  • Deadfall Traps
  • Pine Pitch and Hide Glue
  • Pump Drills
  • Bow and Arrow Construction
  • Atlatl Construction
  • Bone Tools
  • Tracking and Trailing
  • Primitive First Aid
  • Bowls & Containers
  • Knife Sharpening
  • Primitive Cooking
  • Braintan Buckskin Hide Tanning
  • Buckskin and/or Cattail Moccasins
  • Cordage & Netting
  • Shelter
  • Rivercane Blowguns
  • Edible, Medical Useful Plant Identification
  • Edible Insects and much more!

Evening Programs:

  • Stories, Singing & Drumming by Mescalero Apache John Two Bears Hernandez
  • Edible/Medicinal Plant Slide Show by Cecil Hamilton
  • Saturday evening raffle, featuring many and various high-value lithic arts, crafts and other items donated by our fabulous tribe. Ooga Booga!
  • Nightwalk
  • Assorted camp music, drum circle, and who knows what else!

 

Free Knapper's Camp/Vendor Row features exhibits & demonstrations from some of the best flintknappers and primitive skills instructors in the country, with 50+ primitive/Native crafts vendors, archery & atlatl competition shoots, (including a ISAC Atlatl Throw) primitive skills demonstrations, evening campfire programs & entertainment, food concession, programs and activites for kids.

Knap-In Info - Jim Redfearn is one of the best in an area abounding with great knappers, and always brings a slew of major-league cohorts. With this crew of hoot-owls, be prepared for some grins! For knap-in info, call Jim Redfearn at (870) 654-3739, or email boisdarc@firstearth.org. The $5/night camping fee covers knapper setup and vending. 

Workshop Info - $60/day, $150/weekend with advance registration. Some classes may require a small additional materials fee. A sign-up board and final schedule is posted at the Registration Booth, some classes are concurrent and not repeated. Camping is free with workshop registration. Workshops run from Friday AM until Sunday PM. Bring: Camping & rain gear, knife, work gloves, eating utensils.

NO DRUGS, ALCOHOL, OR GUNS please, this is family-friendly event.  If possible, please leave your pets at home, but if you do bring them, they must be leashed at all times.

To pre-register for workshops, send check or money order to:
IHALA
104 N. Arrowhead Rd.
Willard, MO 65781

For more information contact:
Don - (417) 234-0666
Bo - (417) 840-1615
boisdarc@firstearth.org