At the Institute for American Indian Studies, we believe strongly in hands-on learning and the practical application of skills. To that end, we have produced a number of instructional videos on traditional skills and lifeways of Native American peoples. A broad spectrum of topics are covered in our video series and you can find even more videos on our YouTube page.
Primitive Technologist, Jamie Leffler, demonstrates flintknapping techniques using quartzite.
Andy Dobos of Three Red Trees School Of Natural Living demonstrates firestarting methods.
Jamie Leffler prepares hophornbeam poles for use in constructing a wigwam.
Jamie Leffler attaches panels of elm and tulip tree bark to the hophornbeam structure of the wigwam.
...more videos coming soon!