- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Gibbs M. Smith Inc (1 Jun. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 158685299X
- ISBN-13: 978-1586852993
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.4 x 27.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Practicing Primitive: A Handbook of Aboriginal Skills Paperback – 1 Jun 2005
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Prehistorian Watts directs the Aboriginal Studies Program at the Schiele Museum of Natural History in North Carolina and has been thinking and writing about stone-age heritage for more than 20 years. Many of the articles collected here were previously published in the Bulletin of Primitive Technology. Abundantly illustrated with b&w photos and draw
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From the late Pleistocene up to the Roman/Christian/Iron Age invasion, this sea of trees grew from the Atlantic to the Pacific . . . from Scotland, across northern Europe, across Asia, and through Siberia to Beringia. Read the first page
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As Steve says, "If it's not in context, it's just arts and crafts." Whether in a class or in this book, he sets out to not just teach us how to recreate objects, but to hopefully understand the people, places and reasons behind how and why they were made. While this book would not be a hand-holding, color photo, step-by-step manual for the complete novice, it is a compilation of well-organized information and inspiration for the person who's already used to working with his/her hands. For those who dabble in this field to those who are serious students, the greatest asset of this book is it's clear organization of information that's readily accessible.
The black and white photos aren't the highest quality but Steve's many illustrations clarify the details and are the highlight of the book. (Like a Holling C. Holling book -- There's the story and then there's the meat in the annotated illustrations. Minn of the Mississippi)
I've always been in awe of the way Steve is able to take the depth of information in his head and hands and weave it together to make it so accessible to his students. Through his own illustrations and a poet's sense of essential sparseness, Steve conveys incredible amounts of information, and being a perpetual student, himself, his works are always laced with humor and wonder.
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