Welcome to the Primitive Lifeways online store. We carry hand made crafts, supplies, tools and much more! We also take custom orders for your specific needs. If you want to order an item or have a general question, we encourage you to contact us at (928)925-9223. Thank you for stopping by! With every order over $30.00 we will throw in a free Primitive Lifeways sticker.
HOHOKAM REPLICA SHELL BRACELET
The prehistoric Hohokam were masters at crafting shell. In fact shell was a very important part of the Hohokam economy. Here I am selling a preclassic period Hohokam style Glycymeris shell bracelet. This bracelet took 12 hours to make and was made using all stone tools. This bracelet is just under 3 inches across.
Prehistoric Pueblo Anasazi style Necklace
The prehistoric Pueblo/Anasazi were highly skilled crafts people who lived in in Colorado and later in Eastern New Mexico. Three years back I worked and toured in Colorado for an entire summer. During that time I got to see many Pueblo/Anasazi collections. This necklace is a replica of a sunburst necklace I got to see in the Mesa Verde area. It uses the same argillite and sized olivella shells many original pieces have. The pendent is a sunburst style and is unique in its mineral structure. The pendant is layered argillite and looks like sand sweeping through the desert. The olivella shells are baked white and the components are strung on an organic cotton rope.
The difference between this and the pendants I sell (see below) is the stone quality and the shells. Here I am using argillite which is a beautiful red color, whereas with the other piece I am using pipestone which is is more of a purple red. The piece below does not come with the olivella shells. This one does.
The necklace shown is the one you will receive.
Sinagua Style Necklace 1
This necklace is inspired by prehistoric people throughout the southwest. In traditional prehistoric times argillite was harvested, traded and made into jewelry pendants. Olivella shells were also harvested and traded. The olivella shells in Arizona were traded from California and Mexico. Back then, olivella shells were easy to obtain–this is not the case now. To begin, we harvest the argillite from a local quarry, saw it, and grind it on sandstone to make the pendant. Next, we drill the pendent with a stone tool and polish it with a pine salve. After the pendant is made, we obtain olivella shells from Mexico, grind the tips off, bake them to turn them white(like the originals), and string them onto cotton rope. The end result is a piece that is worthy of display in a museum!
The necklace in this photo is the one you will receive.
Are you looking to make your own prehistoric style effigies or jewelry? If so, here I am offering raw chunks of argillite. Unlike pipestone, argillite is easier to carve and when polished it turns a beautiful red. Pipestone is more of a purple-red. Each order will come with 3 good sized chunks.
AA FORGE CUSTOM KNIFE
This knife is an amazing little tool! It is thin, hair shaving sharp and absolutely beautiful. It is a custom knife with the following specs.: 01 tool steel, scandi. grind, voyager leatherworks sheath, 1/8″ blade thickness, 9″ of total length, 4″ of blade length, desert ironwood handle and black micharta liners. We only have one in stock, so get it while it is available!
Original Price: $220.00
Sale Price: $175.00
Strømeng/Sami Knife 9″
The Sami people are are an indigenous people of northern Europe inhabiting Sápmi, which today encompasses parts of northern Sweden, Norway, Finland, and the Kola Peninsula of Russia. Here we have a beautiful Sami made knife! The blade is made of a carbon steel, the handle is made from birch wood, and the sheath is made from tanned reindeer hide. This knife measures out to 13 inches of total length, 8 inches of blade length, and 1/8 of an inch of blade thickness. The knife has minimal use, is shaving sharp, and is in great condition. This Sami knife is durable enough for light chopping tasks, and thin enough for fine carving. In my opinion, it is truly the perfect balance.
Original Price: $125.00
Sale Price: $95.00
AFRICAN ZULU BASKET
I first obtained this basket from my mentor in archaeology. Here is what I know about the piece: Made by an indigenous African Zulu person. Made using all natural materials local to the African desert. Excellent condition. Measured 10-5/8″ in diameter.
Original Price: $78.00
Sale Price: $42.50
ATLATL DART PROJECTILE POINT
This atlatl part point is absolutely wicked! If mounted on a ring pinky to ring finger diameter sized dart, this will do exceptionally well. It is just under 3 inches long, 1-5/8 inches wide, and not too thick but also not too thin. This point is made from raw Mahogany obsidian and is serrated. Use this point to hunt with and mount it as a decoration. This point is extremely sharp!
Original Price: $35.00
Sale Price: $30.00
Paleo people often hunted with a spear to bring down large game. This point is great for mounting up to a dried hard wood stick! Use it for hunting or use it for display. Either way, this point is not too thin, and not too thick. It is made from Mahogany Obsidian and heavily serrated. It measures 3-1/2 inches long and 1-1/2 inches wide. This point is extremely sharp!
Original Price: $50.00
Sale Price: $40.00
ISHI ARROW REPLICATION (1)
Ishi is one of the most famous Native American peoples of all time. Because of Ishi we have obtained a great amount of information about Native Northern California bows and arrows. In addition, Ishi was truly one of the last Native peoples whom walked out of the wild and into civilization. Here I have a closely replicated Ishi style arrow for sale. Here are the specifications and materials used: cane main-shaft, arrow weed foreshaft, turkey tail feathers, tri-fletched, sinew wrappings, red and green mineral pigments, long and narrow agate projectile point. This piece is absolutely hunting worthy and would look great for display at home or at a museum!
Original Price: $145.00
Sale Price: $72.00
ANASAZI ARROW REPLICATION
The prehistoric Pueblo/Anasazi were a very complex people whom built masterful monuments in the four corners area. During the great drought around AD.1275 many of the Pueblo/Anasazi left the region and migrated to the south and southeast. These Pueblo people did not disappear from the archaeological record. In fact they are still here and known as the Hopi. Here I have an Anasazi style arrow for sale. Specifications and materials used include: cane main-shaft, oak foreshaft, turkey feathers, tri–fletched, sinew wrapped, charcoal pigments, arrow weed nock insert. This piece is absolutely hunting worthy and would look great for display at home or at a museum! Multiple copies available.
Original Price: $100.00
Sale Price: $55.00
SINAGUA ARROW REPLICATION
The prehistoric Sinagua were a large group of people in the Flagstaff and Verde Valley areas located in Arizona. After the sunset crater eruption, Sinagua peoples were reorganized with Hohokam influence. However, as the great drought took place, reorganization failed and extreme cases of violence swept the region. Here I have a replication of a sinagua arrow for sale! Specifications and materials include: cane main-shaft, arrow weed foreshaft, turkey feathers, tri-fletched, chert projectile point(jasper and obsidian also available), sinew wrappings, arrow weed inserted nock. This piece is absolutely hunting worthy and would look great for display at home or at a museum! Multiple copies available.
Original Price: $130.00
Sale Price: $65.00
THE HAND DRILL (EASY – MEDIUM DIFFICULTY LEVEL)
This hand drill kit comes with a Mulefat drill, Cottonwood, Beargrass or Saguaro Cactus rib hearth board, and a Juniper bark tinder bundle. Every kit is ready to go and comes pre-charred. What sets these kits apart from other kits sold online are the woods we hand select. This kit takes a bit more work to achieve an ember with, but using a kit like this will make you that much better at friction fire.
Original Price: $55.00
Sale Price: $40.00
PRIMITIVE LIFEWAYS LOGO STICKER
Show your support for Primitive Lifeways with a logo sticker. This sticker will look great the back of your car, truck or suv. Sticker size is 6 3/8 inches by 6 3/8 inches.
Original Price: $10.00
Sale Price: $6.00
Pipestone was, and still is a prized possession to Native people. Native Americans made necklaces, rings, pipes, weights, arrowheads, and so much more from this rare stone. Every pipestone necklace is mined and carved by hand locally in Arizona. These necklaces have a beautiful natural red ochre color, and are smooth to the touch. Own yours today. Please note each necklace has it’s own unique characteristic–meaning no two will be the same.
Original Price: $30.00
Sale Price: $25.00
Pine Needle Basket Starter Kit
Pine needle basketry is an art that takes us back to a time where traditional people were reliant upon their skill sets for daily living. The most difficult part of basket making is starting the piece. This beginners kit is already started for you! Simply throw the thread over the coil and continue weaving until you have the size desired. This kit comes with a started basket, a bundle of processed pine needles, two lengths of waxed linen thread, a sewing needle, a straw to keep the needles together, and detailed directions to help you with weaving and finishing the piece.
ANASAZI NECKLACE PENDANT REPLICATION
This handmade necklace is an exact replication of an original Anasazi piece that sits in the Mesa Verde Museum. It is carefully shaped out, carved and polished with a pine pitch salve. Below is a video on how we make each necklace.
THE BOW DRILL
Unlike the hand drill the bow dill is much easier. The bow drill comes with five parts; a bow with string, spindle, hearth, socket, and a juniper tinder bundle. Once all components are locked together simply saw back and forth to create your ember. Once the hot dust smokes on its own you have an ember. Add the ember to your processed juniper tinder bundle and add oxygen to create flame.
THE PAIUTE DEADFALL TRAP
The Paiute deadfall trap comes from the Paiute indians dating back many years ago. Due to the and sensitive bait stick this trap is excellent when wanting to secure a small game animal for food or just wanting to control a pest problem. Natives across the southwest and beyond used the Paiute deadfall for wilderness living. For more information we included a video below *Stone not included
THE PROMONTORY PEG DEADFALL TRAP
The Promontory Peg was discovered by George Michaud. This is a very simple trap; Unlike the Paiute Deadfall it takes less work to construct. However it takes more pressure on the bait stick to trip. This primitive trap works excellent for capturing rabbit or squirrel. *Stone not included*
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RETURNS AND SHIPPING: All sales are final. Some products might come with a warranty through the original developer. Primitive Lifeways does not provide product warranty or replacement if lost, stolen, or broken. Many of our products are handmade and can take up to two weeks to make and ship. We do not ship outside of the United States.