The following are the people who instruct at or through Bridges to the Past, and the subjects that they are most like to be found teaching:
Patrick Farneman has been practicing ancestral skills for nearly 30 years, and has been teaching them at workshops and international gatherings for over 20 years. He is proficient with many skills and crafts including pottery, hide tanning & rawhide, stone, bone and wood working, metal working and bladesmithing, simple basketry, watercraft, and fiber arts. He has a deep love for his family, the outdoors & the environment, and a thirst for adventure.
LeAnn Perry has been involved in living history and historic skills for nearly 40 years. She has been a founding member of rendezvous and black powder organizations, and was involved with the restoration of historic Ft. Hall in Pocatello, ID. She is knowledgable in many of the old skills and has a passion for working with her hands, and she is an avid gardener and food preserver. Areas of expertise include historic clothing and accoutrements of the Fur Trade, pioneer cooking, old-style camping, and more!
Kiliii Fish is a man of many talents and divides his time between designing, building and paddling skin-on-frame kayaks, professional photography, and creating and performing music. He runs Seawolf Kayak, and Kiliii Dreaming Photography and maintains an impactful presence in the Pacific Northwest teaching and participating in Ancestral Skills. From his website, "Traditional ways of living and seeing the world are dying every day. My life is dedicated to living and relearning ways of the indigenous." He is also a board member of the Society of Primitive Technology and frequent teacher at Rabbitstick and Wintercount primitive skills gatherings. In the Spring of 2012 Kiliii taught our Kayak Building class in Chewelah, WA.
Kyle Chamberlain, of Kettle Falls Washington, has been practicing and teaching primitive living skills since his teenage years. Kyle has spent extended periods of time in living as hunter/gather. He has taught his brand of primitive skills at the Rabbitstick Rendezvous, the Moses Lake Museum, and various schools. He has worked localy and across the country as a wilderness therapy counselor, a backcountry trail worker, and a leader of conservation crews. Kyle manages a green homestead, where grows a wide variety of unusual fruit and nut trees. His website, https://sites.google.com/site/humanhabitatproject/, hosts his writing and documents his experiments.
Kyle is very passionate about edible plants and usefull plants. He is also proficient at flintknapping, friction fire, shelter building, bowery, hide tanning, cordage, tule boats, bark baskets, ext. Kyle is also knowledgeable about modern sustainable living.
Kandis Larson has been playing and exploring in the woods since a young child. She enjoys living the simple ways of life, and she is often found working on some project. She loves drying and storing foods for the long winter days, tanning hides, bead work, wild harvesting and basketry. Kandis has worked as an outdoor wilderness, and snowshoe guide. Her passions include wild crafting, bicycle touring, sleeping under the stars next to a fire, and learning to be free while following her passions.
Emil Daily has a dynamic presence and an infectous enthusiasm for the old ways. Most days he can be found tirelessly working on his 20 acre permaculture farm either tending the orchard, garden & greenhouse, or chasing his mischevious sheep back to where they belong. He served 6 years in the Air Force and traveled abroad during that time. Skills include carpentry & alternative building, spark fire starting, wild foods and growing things.
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