For those interested in archaeology, natural history and Indigenous culture, an exciting opportunity is coming up in June. 

The City of Humboldt Department of Cultural Services, in partnership with Saskatchewan Archaeological Society, will present a flintknapping workshop at Original Humboldt on Saturday, June 24. This is an opportunity to learn the basics of flintknapping – the art of stone tool making. 

This workshop will be instructed by experienced flintknapper, Gabriel Lamarche, as he guides you through the process of turning a rock into a finished tool. Lamarche spent some time earlier this spring at the Gallery, giving viewers an initiation to tools and crafting. 

Lamarche is a current master’s student in archaeology at the University of Saskatchewan. He grew up around Georgian Bay, on Lake Huron, and has now lived in Saskatchewan for most of his adult life. His first experience with archaeology was when he was about 12, on Beausoleil Island, the one-time home of his Anishinaabek ancestors. He is now a well-practiced flintknapper, and he is always eager to share his passion and interest in ancient crafting traditions.

There will be two workshop sessions, from 9am to 12 pm and from 1 pm to 4 pm. Each hands-on workshop is limited to 10 participants, so those interested are advised to register early.

This workshop is part of the City of Humboldt Department of Cultural Services’ Relationships Building and Reconciliation Through Living Heritage pilot project, in partnership with Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan and Office of the Treaty Commissioner. The project is funded by Community Initiatives Fund and Heritage Saskatchewan.

Participants must be 15 or older to register and minors must be accompanied by an adult. The fee is $10 per person. To register drop by the Museum or Gallery in person or call 306-682-5226.