Ishi Orcutt Memorial Knap-in and Ancestral Technology Faire to honor ancient wisdom |

Ishi Orcutt Memorial Knap-in and Ancestral Technology Faire to honor ancient wisdom

Elizabeth Rogers
Special to the Sun
A lithic art sculpture by Grog Verbeck, who will demonstrate his craft at the Ishi Orcutt Memorial Knap-in and Ancestral Technology Faire.
Courtesy Russell Rosewood |

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Enthusiasts of every skill level and culture are invited to the “Ishi Orcutt Memorial Knap-in and Ancestral Technology Faire,” May 10 and 11 on the South Yuba River at the Land of Stone Bear.

This will be a weekend camping and gathering where artists, instructors and spectators may watch and participate in demonstrations of survival technologies from pre-industrial times, which we believe are important keys to help us deal with the complexity of the modern world.

Accomplished ancestral artists George Hynes, Grog Verbeck and friends will demonstrate these technologies. Yakima basketmaker Sharon Wesley will show her work and give classes.

All other ancestral artists are welcome to attend and share their crafts and arts with the community. We’re likely to draw on an array of talent from participants. There will be a sign-up for informal workshops or lectures during the weekend depending on the availability of instructors. Please provide your own crafting kit and supplies.


At the turn of the last century, Ishi and Ted Orcutt were well-known as the last practicing flint knappers.

This gathering will honor the life and wisdom of both Ishi and Ted Orcutt, as they are key links from the ancient ways to the Ancestral Technology we practice today.

The Amungahway Dihmeh Ancestral Technology Village is a wisdom sanctuary dedicated to recalling the ancient tools, technology, arts and skills that once comprised our human operating system prior to electricity.

We are committed to preserving this vital knowledge for future generations,such as having a living seed bank for survival skills.

Grog Verbeck will be given the inaugural “Wisdom Keepers Award,” honoring his commitment to this concept.


The Land of Stone Bear is a beautiful setting — 160 acres of Sierra splendor on the South Yuba River — surrounded by the Tahoe National Forest. It is a rugged, wild mountain property at 5,300 feet in elevation. Arrive well prepared for mountain terrain, potential inclement weather, cold night temperatures and / or toasty warm days at our granite rock swimming holes.

Stone Bear is located at 11820 Eagle Lakes Road west of Cisco Grove, off Interstate 80 at exit No. 164. A $20 suggested donation is requested to cover expenses. Kids under 16 are free and must be accompanied by a parent. Day guests are welcome. Primitive camping is available among the evergreens and near the South Yuba River.

Limited RV space is available with advance reservation for $25. Additional donations for the “Save the Stone Bear Land Fund” will gratefully be received.

There are eight cozy cabins, sleeping three to five people, available for those wanting a little extra warmth, comfort and their own bathroom. To reserve a cabin (for an additional cost) visit

Participants may pre-register here.

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Elizabeth Rogers is very happy to talk about the wonderful water of the South Yuba River with any one who will listen. Her day job is travel video production.

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