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Split-Twig Figurines Family Workshop

Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Discover the Ancient Process of "Willow Origami"

Over three thousand years ago, people living in Utah crafted animal figures by folding and wrapping a single twig in “willow origami.”   Come discover this ancient process as you make your own willow split-twig figurine.  Learn about where these figurines have been found, the other artifacts discovered with them, and theories on the figurines’ significance as you explore the lifeways of Utah’s Archaic hunter-gatherer peoples with archaeologist Rachel Quist.  At the end of the workshop, you’ll be able to take home your own split-twig figurine and share its story.

Who Can Participate?

NHMU’s Family Workshops are designed for children between the ages of 8 and 16 accompanied by an adult 25 years of age or older. One adult is required for every 4 children.

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About the Expert: 

Rachel Quist is an archaeologist working in the Great Basin of the Western United States. Her areas of specific expertise include cultural resource management, prehistoric technology, lithic toolstone, procurement, geomorphology of the Bonneville Basin, and public history projects.