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Native Tools class offered at IVCC!

By Illinois Valley Community College | Oct 30, 2013

Human beings are toolmakers by nature, and native people used what they gathered in the wild to survive. This class will show you how. Make cordage from nettle. Practice small game hunting with throwing sticks, and craft a figure-four deadfall trap. Create a bow drill set and try your hand at making fire! Learn seasonal native plants. See other native tools demonstrations. This class is held outdoors and requires a knife with a 3” fixed, non-serrated blade; you may also want to bring note-taking materials, camera, lunch, snacks, and water. Please dress appropriately for outdoor conditions. Class limited to 10 students, must be 18 years of age or older. Jason Thompson is a teacher with over 15 years of experience training in and teaching native skills, tools, and philosophy. Formerly independently contracted as a tracker for the DeKalb County Forest Preserve, Thompson is also an active volunteer in local environmental education, and a caretaker of area forests. 

This one-session class meets on Saturday, November 2nd from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and the cost is $39. To register, please call (815) 224-0447. Please call (815) 224-0427 for more information about this class.