Tennessee Heartwood Symposium Series/October: INCREDIBLE evening with Jay Clark
With a mix of anthropology, history, and handcraft, Jay walked us through the tools and technology of Native peoples from the Archaic through the Woodland to the Mississippian periods. In other words, a 10,000 year journey, demonstrating the knives, atlatls, blowguns, fire drills, and bows that he has made by hand. From knapping an arrowhead from stone to hitting targets with a blowgun to starting a fire, Jay did it all in the comfort of our living room!
We first met Jay on the slopes of Pigeon Mountain a couple of years back when he pulled over to the side of the road. Seeing us with a Geiger counter, he introduced himself by saying, “Hmmm, looking for uranium oxide in the Chattanooga Shale formation, I see.”
Since then, he has graciously helped us by using his botany skills for siting our tree identification signs at Stringer’s Ridge. We at Tennessee Heartwood are grateful to have met this multifaceted Renaissance man of the wild. Come and catch Jay the next time he presents!