Class Offerings for Schools

Wildheart Primitive Arts Classes and Presentations

Below are a list of presentations and workshops that can be booked for schools and groups. You can book one individually or you can book a series to get a well-rounded perspective on the topic of primitive arts. We can work together to find the dates and times that work for your class.

Fire by Friction

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This presentation is sure to get a spark in children’s eyes! Many of us have heard about making a fire by ‘rubbing sticks together.’ For those of us who were inspired enough to try it, we quickly learned that there was more to it than picking up two sticks and trying to whittle one with the other. In this talk and demonstration, we’ll show you the left out pieces that are crucial for success. Basic information on materials and various techniques will be covered. As a culmination, we will demonstrate one of the techniques in an attempt to create a coal for our tinder bundle, which will then be blown into a fire. We intentionally use the word ‘attempt’ in our efforts to make a coal, as getting this magical gem in never guaranteed. This is what makes friction fire so magical and exciting, and one of the reasons why fire has been held in such reverence by humans for millennia. One thing is for sure: after this presentation you will never view building a fire in the same way. And who knows, you may be inspired to journey on the road of our ancestors and seek for yourself the elusive fire by friction.

Kindergarten and up
1 hour
Fee: $150

Medicinal and Edible Plants

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Kids will learn about edible and medicinal plants in Central Oregon. We will make tea, burn incense, and experience the plants through all of our senses!

Kindergarten and up
2 hours
Class cost: $240

Despacho Earth Offering Ceremony

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The Despacho ceremony is a beautiful tradition of giving back to the Apus (mountains), the Earth, the stars, and the waters. By creating a bundle with many different offerings, we are showing our gratitude and appreciation for what we have been given in our lives. We are cultivating reciprocity with the elementals and the earth. We are also attuning to the love (munay) that exists between all things in existence. This ceremony comes from the Q’ero peoples from the Andes Mountains of Peru.

Kindergarten and up
2 hours
Class cost: $240

Natural Dyes and Weaving

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Children will learn about local plants that can be used as dyes. We will dye yarn and watch the magic unfold in front of our eyes. Finally, we will weave with our newly transformed yarn.

Grades 2 and up
2 hours
$240

 

Shelter Technologies

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shelter makingJoin us for an inspiring presentation on survival and primitive shelter building. Wildheart instructors will cover a vast topic in crash course format, giving the essentials for creating a functional, comfortable, and truly AWESOME shelter in any season or setting. Children will be given a chance to create their own miniature shelter/forts so they can experientially demonstrate the principles of sound construction. WARNING: Your students WILL go home wanting to build forts and spend large quantities of time in them, and we WILL encourage them to do this! If you’re ready to have your mind blown as to what is possible to create using only natural materials (available in any natural setting you may be) then join us for this amazing section of our Primitive Arts Series.

Grades 2 and up
3 hours
$260

Braintanning

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Children will witness the ancient art of making braintan leather right before their eyes. They will help stretch a hide, see the difference between braintan and commercial leather, learn about plants that can dye leather, and learn the role that braintan leather played for native peoples all around the world.

 

Grades 2 and up
2 hours
$275

Dream Catchers

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The dream catcher has become a symbol of the ancients’ ability to harness the power of the ‘other reality.’ That spirit is still thriving in many places today, and we invite you to join us in creating your own dream catcher to deepen your relationship with the Dream Time. We hand harvest and bend the willow hoops and then let you create the rest to your desires and needs. As we create this special item, we will share stories surrounding the lore and culture of traditional dream catchers.

Grades 2 and up
2 hours
Dream Catcher material: $6 per child in materials
Class cost: $240

Leather Bag

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BraintanBagThere are few things in a child’s life that they can create, use, and treasure for a lifetime. This authentic braintan bag is one of those precious items! We will guide children in creating a one-of-a-kind pouch that they can use to store their treasures, and will age with them as they grow. Deer antler buttons perfectly compliment the natural leather. This bag may be accurately called a ‘primitive creation,’ but it will evoke feelings of elegance and beauty. Join us as we share in this process and share stories about the Deer who’s skin we are using.

Grades 3 and up
3 hours
Braintan leather bag material: $50 per child
Commercial leather bag material: $16 per child
Class cost: $250

Rattle Making

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RattleIn this class we will create a handmade rattle from deer raw hide, sinew, willow, and corn. Participants will develop their hand-eye coordination and create something that will be very special to them for years to come.

 

 

Grades 4 and up
3 hours
Rattle Materials: $20 per child
Class cost: $240

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