The Herrett Center is proud to host the public premiere of this documentary focusing on flintknapping, the ancient process of fashioning stone tools, the world renowned Simon Clovis Cache and flintknappers like the College of Southern Idaho’s Jim Woods, professor of anthropology.
Local residents Jim Paxton, Al Frost and Jim Woods teamed up with film producer Mark Bork to produce the 54-minute documentary about flintknapping and the discovery of what is known today as the Simon Collection. Estimated to be 12,000 years old, the Simon Collection is a cache of over 30 Clovis points that resides in the Herrett Center’s permanent collection.
Legacy In Stone was shot entirely in locations throughout Idaho and features several local residents. Dr. Allan Frost says, “The film tells the story about a local man and a local discovery that had far-reaching impact on the field of archeology in North America and Europe. The man was Don Crabtree, who managed to bring back the art and craft of stone tool production as practiced by Native Americans for thousands of years until the appearance of iron tools in the early 19th century. The discovery was the cache of Clovis era stone artifacts on the Camas Prairie near Fairfield by the Simon family in 1961.”
Director Mark Bork says, “I did not know what flintknapping was when we started. Today I am in awe of the artists who have mastered this ancient skill. Twin Falls is so fortunate to house such a rare collection of artifacts. They are beautiful and tell a story of what life was like thousands of years ago.”
CSI anthropology professor Jim Woods is an expert in lithic technology. A skilled flintknapper, he has been sharing his knowledge and skills with his students and others for years. Of the film, Woods’ says, “A central theme in this project was to acknowledge the contributions Don Crabtree made to the science of archaeology. Mark Bork used his storytelling skills and technical expertise to do just that. He was also able to make this a much bigger story by connecting Crabtree’s modern work to ancient people who lived in southern Idaho 10,000 years ago.”
The public premiere of Legacy In Stone is on Wednesday, November 29 at the Herrett Center. Doors will open at 6:30 PM with the movie showing at 7:00 PM in the Faulkner Planetarium. Afterward, moviegoers will be able to see the Simon Collection up close and personal as the actual points will make a rare public appearance, under tight security. DVDs of the film will also be available for sale in the center’s gift shop after the premiere. Seating is limited to just 144 individuals and advance tickets are available now through the Herrett Center. Tickets are $5.00 for the public and $3.00 for CSI students and employees. Tickets can be purchased by stopping in at the Herrett Center during open hours or calling the museum at 208-732-6655.