Interpreting the past for the present

Young people discover fire, stone tools, and ancient lifeways in a one-of-a-kind presentation.

12,000 Years in 45 Minutes is a special youth program by prehistorian and primitive skills instructor Scott Jones. This program focuses on Native Americans but also emphasizes the universality of ancient technology, and fulfills a number of curriculum requirements.

Beginning with the Paleoindian period, a variety of tools, technologies, and ideas are presented. Among the items demonstrated are the atlatl (spearthrower), the bow (for launching arrows and as a musical instrument), and the southeastern Rivercane blowgun. These are explained in relationship to the lifestyles of the people who used them (hunter-gatherers and early farmers).

Following this is a segment highlighting the use of animals (especially the Whitetail deer) for food, tools, fiber, and hide.

The program wraps up with a demonstration of fire-making and a discussion of the constructive uses of fire in ancient and modern times, emphasizing the use of fire as a tool. This program captivates audiences of all ages, and teachers consistently call back for repeat performances.

Media Prehistoria is dedicated to exploring, rediscovering and educating the public about early technology and lifeways.