Date: November 8, 2016
Speaker: Charlie Acuna
Topic: Flintknapping: Art of the Ancients
Charles Acuña calls himself a "neolithic technician" because he recreates today what prehistoric peoples prized the most, sharp knives and weapons made from lithic materials.
"I'm preserving a lost art" he said. "Native American tribes never had a written language to chronical the process of Flint Knapping and with the advent of iron, much of those older skills were lost."
Using methods prehistoric people developed to a fine skill and with the same materials traded extensively throughout North America, Acuña has recaptured the essence of a real stone tool or weapon made by hand.
"There are three basic techniques used in the art of Flint Knapping", he said. "The first is called the percussion method, the second is called the pressure-flaking technique, and the third is the indirect-pressure technique."
Born and raised in California, Acuña is of Native American and Hispanic descent. He graduated in 1980 from California State University Chico with a degree in communications.
Flintknapper and studying Indigenous peoples way of producing stone tools.
Join other TAS members and our speaker for Dinner at 5PM
Guadalajara Grill South, 1384 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos, across from Ace Hardware.
Arrive between 5:00 and 5:30 PM, place your order at the front, and take your number to the back room. No reservations needed.