Tribe Gathering Hotline

There will be a special information line set up to keep you posted on the latest information available on TRIBE Gathering. Just dial our regular number (704) 827-0723, wait for the answering machine to kick in, then dial '3'. This line will carry updates and general information all the way up until the time of the event. If we are in, however, you can ask us what ever you need to know. In addition to this line you may also dial '1' for General Information (What TRIBE is about, our address, etc.). Dial '2' for our latest Calendar of Events and Workshops. You may also leave a message at the beep after the initial number you dialed or after the beep on any of the other lines. We don't want you to miss a single exciting happening at TRIBE and we don't want to miss your call!


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a special letter

I received this letter recently from Linda Jamison of WOODSMOKE. I wanted to share parts of this letter with you for a couple of reasons. One, it was very encouraging to us here at TRIBE and we hope it will do the same for some of you. Letters like this one help you to keep in focus about what things are about and what attitude about what we do that is important. And, two, They are involved in some interesting projects I thought you might want to hear about. If you haven't heard of Linda and Richard Jamison and the work they do, their publication the WOODSMOKE JOURNAL had a lot to do with pioneering such activity in networking as TRIBE and others now do. They no longer produce WOODSMOKE JOURNAL but have a couple of books out and some excellent videos, you may wish to inquire about. For more details see their ad in this issue in the "Primitive Skills Instruction..." section. Well, here's the letter:

We regret not being able to make it to the "Gathering" this year, we always suppose we will be ftee during these events and always work interferes. We are honored that you asked us to share our skills, but I doubt we could teach today's "abo's" we've been out of touch with the real (abo) world for so long. We will always have a lot of great memories and trail stories from times past, but from reading the articles in "TRIBE" and the "BPT\Bulletin of Primitive Technology], the new blood has much more to teach us than we do them.

Richard is working on a movie for the Pequot Indian Museum in Connecticutt, which began filming today. He's been involved since the planning stages in early summer. They are filming in Tennessee, however, since Connecticutt is too populated to get tlie effect they wanted. He's thankful the archaeologists like his sets and props (his specialty) and hopes he can add the little touches that make such films authentic and worthwhile. The Pequots have a sad story to tell, one we were not aware of until Richard got involved in this project. He hopes the film will make people aware. It would be nice if civilization could learn from the past, but I doubt it ever will!

primitive pottery use notes

By Steve Watts

©Steve Watts 1989

Prior to this project he has been involved in opening a new IMAX tlieater at the Hearst Castle in San Simeon and also designing a 'living center1 for the Grand Canyon IMAX complex. In the meantime, I got myself involved in producing a re-enactment in San Francisco and we seldom touched base with each other, much less with anyone else.

I've not been pleased with the results of my efforts at the Zion Canyon Theater gallery which I started two years ago with the help of yourself and others who spread the word. I guess there is a reason there are no thriving ethnology arts galleries around. I am glad I tried, however. It seems there is no way to charge customers a fair price for handmade replicas and still pay the artists and artisans what their time is worth to make the items. We either price ourselves out of the market or don't pay enough to keep the items coming...

I still have some great pieces in the gallery and am negotiating with National Geographic who plan to open some shops around the country in the next year or so and perhaps they can attract the high-end customer. Actually, it would be a treat to just have time to make a pot or weave a basket or go to a gathering without all the commercial hogwash that is required to make a business of something we used to enjoy as an avocation. I know you can relate, as I see TRIBE growing in scope. Take a word of advice, when you cease to have time to enjoy yourself, quit and just 'go abo'!

We really would love to attend TRIBE'S gathering next year. I guess the trick is to just put it on the schedule and DO IT. We were glad to see you got LDO [Larry Dean Olsen] out. He has a unique perspective on life, one of the most laid-back guys we know, and his many years on the trail have made him a master of many life skills. When we were running the early homestead program with Larry up in the Bitterroot, I remember complaining to him once about money, or the lack of it. At the time we were living in an old farm house, burning a cord of wood a week to stay warm and the well and all the pipes were frozen and Richard was off teaching classes in Havre. Anyway, Larry asked me if I had wood on the porch. I said, "yes". He asked if I had meat in the freezer and I said, "yes". "Well, then," he said, "what more can you ask?". He was right, of course.

The good news is that we should be finished with our current projects the middle of October and hope to be back to some semblance of norm shortly thereafter. It would be heaven to just stay home for awhile. We had planned to put a cabin on our property in Idaho this summer, the lumber is sitting on a trailer alongside our house and will probably stay there under several feet of Utah snow this winter.

I've rambled enough...I hope we can all enjoy sitting around the fire together sometime.

Best Regards, Linda Jamison

To me the pottery trip is divided into three parts:

After all, using pottery is the main purpose for making it. For a pot to be functional, it must be well made. In other obvious words-the better a pot is constructed and fired, the better it will operate as a cooking vessel.

On a microscopic level, pottery starts to break down as soon as you start to use it. But a well made pot will last through many cookings if taken care of and treated properly.

Pots should be stored in a secure spot, properly supported and protected from running children, dogs, etc.

An underfilled pot (in whole or in part) will fall apart when first used-literally dissolve. Many pots made for display only fall into this underfired category.

Of course, shock must be avoided-putting cold water into a hot pot or vice versa.

Some folks suggest filling the pot with water prior to use and letting it stand in the pot long enough to thoroughly saturate the walls before using. Others have suggested pre-heating and oiling the pot to season it-a la cast iron.

Both of the procedures are probably useful, but my experience is that with a well made pot, one simply adds "room temperature" water plus the food to be cooked to the unheated pot and sits it on the fire. Stoke up the flames and cook away.

Steve Watts is one of the finest teachers of primitive skills I know. He has taught at Rabbit Stick Rendezvous, Rivercane Rendezvous and TRIBE Gathering for many years. His classes are always filled to capacity at the Aboriginal Studies Program at Schiele Museum in Gastonia, NC. If you are interested in contacting him for programs, workshops, demonstrations, prehistoric replicas and Neo-stone age originals you may write him at: Steve Watts, Aboriginal Technologies, 207 W. 4™ Ave., Gastonia, NC 28052

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