Nature Education for Adults

Beginning Buckskin Leather Crafting (Deer Leather Belt Pouch)

Instructor: Hilary Petterson

When: Saturday April 17, 2021, 9am-3pm

Cost: $90

Class size limit: 8 students

Class Description:

Start your leather craft skill set with an introduction to working with buckskin leather. You will get an overview of the basics, as well as the opportunity to apply them hands-on with step-by-step instruction in taking handmade wild-crafted deer leather and making it into a belt pouch that incorporates all of the basic principles of leather crafting, several leather stitches, and buckskin sewing techniques.

Making & Using a Drop Spindle and Spinning in the Raw

Instructor: Kirsten Longmeier

When: May 8th, 9am - 4pm

Cost: $80

Class size limit: 8 students

Class Description:

In this 7 hour class we will explore how to prepare a sheep fleece to be spun in the raw (not cleaned with soap and water), spend time constructing a wooden drop spindle and then learning to spin with the wool each student has prepared.

Connecting With Your Children Through Nature

Instructor: Dave Kretzschmar

When: May 15th, 9am - 3pm

Cost: $40

Class size limit: 12 participants

Class Description:

A class for parents and teachers to deepen your own connection to nature and provide you with tools to help you connect your kids to nature as well. We will spend the whole day outside at Pine St. Woods doing a variety of exercises, activities and experiences. We will look at some common barriers to nature connection and how to work past them in a fun, experiential way.

Kaniksu Folk School is a new initiative by KLT that aims to enrich lives and foster an ethic of stewardship through the sharing of traditional crafts and music.

Kaniksu Folk School

Spring 2021

Cultural Appropriation statement:

Cultural appropriation is when a dominant culture assumes and misuses elements from a culture of people who have been systematically oppressed by that dominant group.  Another way of saying this is the unauthorized use of another culture’s dance, dress, language, folklore, cuisine, traditional music or religious symbols. 

The Kaniksu Folk School seeks to be ever conscious that many “traditional crafts” and skills are rooted in specific indigenous groups’ cultures.  We do not wish to appropriate those crafts or skills.  We do wish to encourage the using of one’s hands to be creative and to be more self-sufficient.  Some skills have become universal in that they have been practiced by humans for millennia in every corner of the globe: basket making, making one’s clothes from leather and wool, wood-working, harvesting local edible and medicinal plants, making fire by friction, just to name a few.  We hope to provide a venue for teachers to pass on some of this old knowledge and to keep it alive for future generations.  If you have thoughts, comments, or feedback for us, we are always open to hear from you and to discuss this often complex subject.  We will continue to approach this thoughtfully, respectfully and consciously. 


The Kaniksu Folk School Team