Author, primitive technologist and environmentalist, Arturo Longoria, will present “South Texas Bushcraft Skills — Living in the Wilderness” at Quinta Mazatlan on Thursday, Feb. 5 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. during the McAllen Nature Speaker Series.

With over 30 years of bushcraft study and environmental advocacy, Longoria, is recognized as one of the foremost experts on the Texas brushlands and an authority on regional primal studies including woods used by archaic bow makers, wooden utensils of early European settlers, and knives made by Mexican vaqueros of the late 19th and early 20th century.

He will detail how he makes his tools, implements and bows. In addition, Longoria will discuss some of the edible and medical plants favored by indigenous people of South Texas and northern Mexico as they apply towards modern survival. An exhibit featuring handmade Mocotaugan crooked knives, hooked spoon-making knives and adzes and a variety of hand carved wooden spoons and primitive bows will be on display during the presentation.

Longoria grew up in the Valley where he roamed the brushlands hunting, fishing and learning primitive woodcraft skills. He has spent the last ten years studying Mesolithic and Neolithic bow and arrowhead making technologies. He is also a well known journalist and author of “Adios to the Brushlands” and “Keepers of the Wilderness.” He currently divides his time between a home in McAllen and a cabin he calls “Mira Lejos,” nestled in the hills and canyons of the Texas Hill Country.

The McAllen Nature Speaker Series is sponsored by Thurmond Eye Associates. Quinta Mazatlan and the McAllen Chamber of Commerce promote the series as a means of disseminating ideas and information about our natural environment and the importance of protecting and conserving these wonders.

The program fee is $3 per person and no advance registration is required. Quinta Mazatlan is located at 600 Sunset Drive, one block south of La Plaza Mall off 10th Street.

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