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TRADING POST
101 Bank Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945
(530) 477-1957
 
DIRECTIONS

Hwy 49 N, exit CA-174/Colfax/Grass Valley.
Turn Left onto S Auburn St.
Turn Left into parking lot just before the Circle K (On the right).
The Trading Post is next to the parking lot along the one-way street (Bank Street) and up the hill from the Book Store.
Hwy 49 S, exit 182A toward CA-174/Colfax
Keep going straight.
Take the 1st right onto Bank Street.
Turn Left onto S. Auburn St.
Turn Right into the parking lot just past the Bookstore.
The Trading Post is next to the parking lot along the one-way street (Bank Street) and up the hill from the Book Store.

HOURS:
TUESDAY  -  SATURDAY
10 A.M. to 7 P.M.
SUNDAY  -  MONDAY
1 P.M. to 7 P.M.
(Pacific Time)

(barring other commitments
such as Conferences and other Shows)

Trading Post Store Front

 

If you are in the area please drop by our Trading Post and Craft Store.   Examples of all the items offered on this website can be viewed here.   Dr. Susan "Arizona" Gleason is usually on-site and often working on replicating artifacts.   If you want a Flintknapping Lesson, just walk in and ask  ($20/hr).   The purchase of a Flintknapping Kit at the Trading Post includes a free flintknapping lesson  (2 hr lesson included with the purchase of a Full Flintknapping Kit).   Demonstrations for kids or other groups can be arranged on short notice, usually also for free.   The last Thursday afternoon of almost every month join local flintknappers for a Knap-In event with free materials being offered for you to practice with and a limited supply of flintknapping tools to use.   A wide variety of other classes and workshops are offered through the adjoining Primitve Craft Store.   Information will be posted below as it becomes available.   Become a fan of the Trading Post on Facebook and keep up-to-date on all news and events regarding our store.


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2012 CLASS SCHEDULE
January 5th
4 to 5 PM
Eye of God
Learn the basics of weaving a traditional Eye of God as well as a few alternative possible designs.   This particular class is designed specifically for younger students.   Parents can participate with their child without paying an additional fee.   You will walk away from this class with a finished product.   No pre-registration is required - just show up.   Class fee of $15 covers both instruction and basic materials.
Fee:  $15
January 10th
3 to 5 PM
Beginning Flintknapping
A group session teaching the basics of flintknapping.   During the two hour class you will be introduced to both percussion and pressure techniques.   An attempt will be made to ensure that each student leaves the class with an item closely resembling an arrowhead or other tool.   This class is limited to students ages twelve and up  (unless previously arranged).   Please be aware of the high possibility of injury due to the nature of the class.   A liability waiver needs to be signed by all students and observers before instruction begins.   The class fee covers instruction by Dr. Arizona and all materials used.   Tools and additional materials will be available for discounted purchase following the class.
Fee:  $15
January 12th
4 to 5 PM
Bookmarks
Make a unique item for the book lover in your life or something you can use for yourself.   Investigate the wide range of different historical forms of book marks, strings, and clips.   Finish off the class by making your own magnetic book clip.   For those that finish their project fast you can make a laminated book mark as well.   This particular class is designed specifically for younger students.   Parents can participate with their child without paying an additional fee.   You will walk away from this class with a finished product.   No pre-registration is required - just show up.   Class fee of $15 covers both instruction and basic materials.
Fee:  $15
January 17th
4 to 5 PM
Petroglyphs and Pictographs
This class is for kids of all ages wanting to create the most traditional form of Native American art.   Learn the history of and differences between these two distinct styles of Rock Art.   You will also learn about the variety and meaning of many traditional symbols.   Subsequently you will make several take home examples of both petroglyphs and pictographs.   No pre-registration is required - just show up.   Class fee of $15 covers both instruction and basic materials.
Fee:  $15
January 19th
4 to 5 PM
Beginning Dreamcatcher
Come join us for our monthly Dreamcatcher class and learn how to make a basic dreamcatcher.   Our Trading Post dreamcatcher maker will be leading the class.   All ages are encouraged to come and try their hand  (even though the little ones might need some extra help from a parent).   You will walk away from this class with a finished product.   No pre-registration is required - just show up.   Class fee of $15 covers both instruction and basic materials.
Fee:  $15
January 24th
3 to 5 PM
Beginning Flintknapping
A group session teaching the basics of flintknapping.   During the two hour class you will be introduced to both percussion and pressure techniques.   An attempt will be made to ensure that each student leaves the class with an item closely resembling an arrowhead or other tool.   This class is limited to students ages twelve and up  (unless previously arranged).   Please be aware of the high possibility of injury due to the nature of the class.   A liability waiver needs to be signed by all students and observers before instruction begins.   The class fee covers instruction by Dr. Arizona and all materials used.   Tools and additional materials will be available for discounted purchase following the class.
Fee:  $15
January 26th
4 to 5 PM
Pine Nut Jewelry
One of the most traditional materials used in native jewelry was pine nuts.   This class will cover this unique form of jewelry by beginning with a discussion of how to acquire the nuts.   The next step is learning how to turn this nuts into beads.   Once the beads are made, the student can make a piece of jewelry choosing from amongst some offered alternative beads and findings.   This particular class is designed specifically for older students.   You will walk away from this class with a finished product perfect for a gift.   Pre-registration is required to make sure we have enough pine nuts on hand.   The Class fee of $20 covers both instruction and basic materials.
Fee:  $20
January 28th
1 to 4 PM
Beginning Pine Needle Basketry
Come join us and learn how to make this fascinating form of basketry.   You will hear about the history of this coiled basket and about the importance of basketry within the culture of Native California nations.   While you create your own basket you will be learning the basic technique of this form of basketry while using easily accessible materials.   By the end of the day you will have successfully created a small basket and will leave with the tools to continue the craft.   Pre-registration is required at the Trading post with the $45 fee covering the cost of all materials and instruction.
Fee:  $45
January 31st
4 to 5 PM
Featherwork
Feathers provide a wide range of options for decorating native crafts.   This class will cover the unique nature of this material.   The next step is learning how to wrap them to attach them as decoration or make them into a tie.   This particular class is designed specifically for older students.   You will walk away from this class with a finished feather tie or fan.   Pre-registration is not required - just show up.   The Class fee of $15 covers both instruction and basic materials.
Fee:  $15
February 2nd
4 to 5 PM
Leather Medicine Bag
Join us to make your own leather medicine bag.   We will have several designs for you to choose from for your bag  -  these range from a simple pouch drawstring bag to a larger more elaboratefringed version.   You will be cutting the leather and lacing the leather pieces together with leather strips (which you will also learn how to make).   Decorations will be provided for you to pick from or you can simply add fringes (feel free to bring your own decorative items).   This class is good for all ages with specific designs available for the younger ones.   This class requires you to pre-register in order to insure there is enough leather for everyone's bag.   The registration fee is $15, which covers all materials and instructions.
Fee:  $15
February 7th
3 to 5 PM
Beginning Flintknapping
A group session teaching the basics of flintknapping.   During the two hour class you will be introduced to both percussion and pressure techniques.   An attempt will be made to ensure that each student leaves the class with an item closely resembling an arrowhead or other tool.   This class is limited to students ages twelve and up  (unless previously arranged).   Please be aware of the high possibility of injury due to the nature of the class.   A liability waiver needs to be signed by all students and observers before instruction begins.   The class fee covers instruction by Dr. Arizona and all materials used.   Tools and additional materials will be available for discounted purchase following the class.
Fee:  $15
February 9th
4 to 5 PM
Cornhusk Dolls
Come join us to make a uniqe and traditional form of frontier doll.   This class uses cornhusks to make a simple doll.   This particular class is for all ages but is specially aimed toward the younger students.   You will walk away from this class with a finished product.   No pre-registration is required - just show up.   Class fee of $15 covers both instruction and basic materials.
Fee:  $15
February 14th
3 to 5 PM
Arrow Making
Learn the basics of making a traditional arrow.   Starting with a straightened shaft that already has notches, you will add an arrowhead, sinew, fletching, and decoration.   You will walk away from this class with a finished product.   Pre-registration is required for this class to ensure enough materials for everyone.   Class fee of $20 covers both instruction and basic materials.
Fee:  $20
February 16th
4 to 5 PM
Cedar Dreamcatcher
Come join us for out monthly Dreamcatcher class and learn how to make a Cedar Dreamcatcher  -  the most traditional variety.   Our Trading Post Dreamcatcher maker will be leading the class in making her signature Dreamcatcher style.   This particular Dreamcatcher class is for ages 13 and up  (unless otherwise arranged).   You will walk away from this class with a finished product.   No pre-registration is required - just show up.   Class fee of $15 covers both instruction and basic materials.
Fee:  $15
February 21st
3 to 5 PM
Beginning Flintknapping
A group session teaching the basics of flintknapping.   During the two hour class you will be introduced to both percussion and pressure techniques.   An attempt will be made to ensure that each student leaves the class with an item closely resembling an arrowhead or other tool.   This class is limited to students ages twelve and up  (unless previously arranged).   Please be aware of the high possibility of injury due to the nature of the class.   A liability waiver needs to be signed by all students and observers before instruction begins.   The class fee covers instruction by Dr. Arizona and all materials used.   Tools and additional materials will be available for discounted purchase following the class.
Fee:  $15
February 23rd
4 to 5 PM
Gourd Rattles
Join us in the Primitive Craft Store to make this very traditional form of Southwestern rattle.   A cleaned gourd is filled with corn and represents the bounty of agriculture.   These rattles were thus often used in fertility rites.   This class is best for older kids, younger ones can work with a parent.   The cost of the class is $20 which covers both instruction and the materials involved in making the rattle which you will take home.   Pre-Registration is Required.
Fee:  $20
February 25th
1 to 3 PM
Natural Fibers
Join us at the Primitive Craft Store to learn about the wide variety of natural fibers that can be used.   You will get to work several of these fibers and learn how to make string, thread, and rope.   Also get introduced to the basics of how to turn these threads into larger projects through weaving.   This class is best for older kids, younger ones can work with a parent.   The cost of the class is $25 which covers both instruction and the materials involved in making a finished project which you will take home.   Pre-Registration is Required.
Fee:  $25
February 28th
4 to 5 PM
Pinch Pots
Come join us to make the traditional Northern California pottery.   Using clay you will form a small pot that will then be air dried.   These pots were used simply for serving and storage - not for cooking.   This particular class is for all ages.   You will walk away from this class with a finished product.   No pre-registration is required - just show up.   Class fee of $15 covers both instruction and basic materials.
Fee:  $15
March 1st
4 to 5 PM
Sand Painting
Join us in learning more about this uniquely Southwestern craft.   Find out about the traditional uses through time and the variety of techniques used in its creation.   Make your own unique take-home creation after chosing among a selection of designs.   This class is excellent for all ages with a variety of design difficulties available.   The class fee covers both instruction and all materials involved.   No pre-registration is required.
Fee:  $15
March 6th
3 to 5 PM
Beginning Flintknapping
A group session teaching the basics of flintknapping.   During the two hour class you will be introduced to both percussion and pressure techniques.   An attempt will be made to ensure that each student leaves the class with an item closely resembling an arrowhead or other tool.   This class is limited to students ages twelve and up  (unless previously arranged).   Please be aware of the high possibility of injury due to the nature of the class.   A liability waiver needs to be signed by all students and observers before instruction begins.   The class fee covers instruction by Dr. Arizona and all materials used.   Tools and additional materials will be available for discounted purchase following the class.
Fee:  $15
March 8th
4 to 5 PM
Bone Beaded Necklace
Learn the basics of stringing beads and picking colors that go well together.   This particular class is designed specifically for younger students but will also address the challenges that older students can have with finishing work.   You will walk away from this class with a finished product perfect for a gift.   No pre-registration is required - just show up.   Class fee of $15 covers both instruction and basic materials.
Fee:  $15
April 3rd
3 to 5 PM
Beginning Flintknapping
A group session teaching the basics of flintknapping.   During the two hour class you will be introduced to both percussion and pressure techniques.   An attempt will be made to ensure that each student leaves the class with an item closely resembling an arrowhead or other tool.   This class is limited to students ages twelve and up  (unless previously arranged).   Please be aware of the high possibility of injury due to the nature of the class.   A liability waiver needs to be signed by all students and observers before instruction begins.   The class fee covers instruction by Dr. Arizona and all materials used.   Tools and additional materials will be available for discounted purchase following the class.
Fee:  $15
April 4th
3 to 5 PM
Storytelling
Come join us for an afternoon of storytelling.   Stories from a variety of traditions will be told with accompanying illustrative items.   This event is for all ages.   Accompanying this event will be a "We Pay the White Man's Tax Sale" in the Trading Post.   No pre-registration is required - just show up.   It's Free and there will be refreshments provided.
Fee:  FREE
April 5th
4 to 5 PM
Introduction to Smudging Class
Now that a wide variety of smudging materials are available in our Smudging Center we are offering an important Class on what particular varieties to use and how to use them for different situations.   Join us to learn this crucial information and also learn how to make smudging bundles for yourself.   You will walk away from this class with a booklet of information and will make several smudging bundles using provided materials  -  all covered by the $15 Class Fee.   No pre-registration is required.
Fee:  $15
April 10th
4 to 5 PM
Deer Hoof Rattles
Join us in the Primitive Craft Store to make this very traditional form of rattle.   Cleaned Deer Hoofs are trimmed and drilled to provide the bells on this rattle.   The sound is akin to what you could imagine that Santa's reindeer on the roof would sound like.   These rattles were used in all forms of Native American ritual and entertainment.   This class is good for all ages with finished bells available for the younger students and unmodified deer hoofs for the older students.   The cost of the class is $25 which covers both instruction and the materials involved in making the rattle which you will take home.   Pre-registration is required.
Fee:  $25
April 12th
4 to 5 PM
Pump Drills
Come join us in using a California tool that is lots of fun.   This tool works by perpetual motion to drill a bit into a variety of materials.   During this class we will drill into leather to make a keychain. &anbp; A few other materials will then be drilled into to make the holes to tie onto this piece of leather as beads.  This particular class is for all ages but is geared toward the younger students.   You will walk away from this class with a finished product.   No pre-registration is required - just show up.   Class fee of $15 covers both instruction and basic materials.
Fee:  $15
April 14th
1 to 4 PM
Beginning Pine Needle Basketry
Come join us and learn how to make this fascinating form of basketry.   You will hear about the history of this coiled basket and about the importance of basketry within the culture of Native California nations.   While you create your own basket you will be learning the basic technique of this form of basketry while using easily accessible materials.   By the end of the day you will have successfully created a small basket and will leave with the tools to continue the craft.   Pre-registration is required at the Trading post with the $45 fee covering the cost of all materials and instruction.
Fee:  $45
April 17th
3 to 5 PM
Beginning Flintknapping
A group session teaching the basics of flintknapping.   During the two hour class you will be introduced to both percussion and pressure techniques.   An attempt will be made to ensure that each student leaves the class with an item closely resembling an arrowhead or other tool.   This class is limited to students ages twelve and up  (unless previously arranged).   Please be aware of the high possibility of injury due to the nature of the class.   A liability waiver needs to be signed by all students and observers before instruction begins.   The class fee covers instruction by Dr. Arizona and all materials used.   Tools and additional materials will be available for discounted purchase following the class.
Fee:  $15
April 24th
3 to 6 PM
Beginning Tanning
Come join us and learn the basics concerning tanning furs and leather.   You will hear about the history and variety of techniques that can be used to make these products.   You will then join with the other students in the class to work a portion of the tanning process.   You will leave with the information and understanding necessary to start your own project.  Pre-registration is required at the Trading post with the $25 fee covering the cost of all materials and instruction.
Fee:  $25
April 26th
4 to 5 PM
Beginning Dreamcatcher
Come join us for our monthly Dreamcatcher class and learn how to make a basic dreamcatcher.   Our Trading Post dreamcatcher maker will be leading the class.   All ages are encouraged to come and try their hand  (even though the little ones might need some extra help from a parent).   You will walk away from this class with a finished product.   No pre-registration is required - just show up.   Class fee of $15 covers both instruction and basic materials.
Fee:  $15
May 1st
3 to 5 PM
Beginning Flintknapping
A group session teaching the basics of flintknapping.   During the two hour class you will be introduced to both percussion and pressure techniques.   An attempt will be made to ensure that each student leaves the class with an item closely resembling an arrowhead or other tool.   This class is limited to students ages twelve and up  (unless previously arranged).   Please be aware of the high possibility of injury due to the nature of the class.   A liability waiver needs to be signed by all students and observers before instruction begins.   The class fee covers instruction by Dr. Arizona and all materials used.   Tools and additional materials will be available for discounted purchase following the class.
Fee:  $15
May 3rd
4 to 5 PM
Porcupine Quill Earrings
Learn the basics of working with porcupine quills to make earrings.   Discussion of dying and other quill work will also be covered.   You will walk away from this class with a finished product perfect for a gift.   No pre-registration is required  -  just show up.   A heads up will be appreciated in preparing for younger students.   Class fee of $15 covers both instruction and basic materials.
Fee:   $15
May 8th
3 to 5 PM
Arrow Making
Learn the basics of making a traditional arrow.   Starting with a straightened shaft that already has notches, you will add an arrowhead, sinew, fletching, and decoration.   You will walk away from this class with a finished product.   Pre-registration is required for this class.   Class fee of $20 covers both instruction and basic materials.
Fee:  $20
May 10th
4 to 5 PM
Mother's Day Jewelry
For Kids of All Ages
Make some unique jewelry for Mothers Day.   We will have several different options available for different age levels.   You will walk away from this class with a finished product perfect for a gift.   No pre-registration is required  -  just show up.   Class fee of $15 covers both instruction and basic materials.
Fee:  $15
May 15th
3 to 5 PM
Beginning Flintknapping
A group session teaching the basics of flintknapping.   During the two hour class you will be introduced to both percussion and pressure techniques.   An attempt will be made to ensure that each student leaves the class with an item closely resembling an arrowhead or other tool.   This class is limited to students ages twelve and up  (unless previously arranged).   Please be aware of the high possibility of injury due to the nature of the class.   A liability waiver needs to be signed by all students and observers before instruction begins.   The class fee covers instruction by Dr. Arizona and all materials used.   Tools and additional materials will be available for discounted purchase following the class.
Fee:  $15
May 17th
4 to 5 PM
Cedar Dreamcatcher
Come join us for out monthly Dreamcatcher class and learn how to make a Cedar Dreamcatcher  -  the most traditional variety.   Our Trading Post Dreamcatcher maker will be leading the class in making her signature Dreamcatcher style.   This particular Dreamcatcher class is for ages 13 and up  (unless otherwise arranged).   You will walk away from this class with a finished product.   No pre-registration is required - just show up.   Class fee of $15 covers both instruction and basic materials.
Fee:  $15
May 22nd
4 to 5 PM
Featherwork
Feathers provide a wide range of options for decorating native crafts.   This class will cover the unique nature of this material.   The next step is learning how to wrap them to attach them as decoration or make them into a tie.   This particular class is designed specifically for older students.   You will walk away from this class with a finished feather tie or fan.   Pre-registration is not required - just show up.   The Class fee of $15 covers both instruction and basic materials.
Fee:  $15
May 31st
4 to 5 PM
Introduction to Smudging Class
Now that a wide variety of smudging materials are available in our Smudging Center we are offering an important Class on what particular varieties to use and how to use them for different situations.   Join us to learn this crucial information and also learn how to make smudging bundles for yourself.   You will walk away from this class with a booklet of information and will make several smudging bundles using provided materials  -  all covered by the $15 Class Fee.   No pre-registration is required.
Fee:  $15
June 2nd
3 to 5 PM
Loom Beading
Students will learn the principles and techniques of loom beading while using a simple wooden peg loom.   Instructions will cover the method of setting up the loom, the actual process of beading, the process of designing the beading pattern, and finishing off the project.   The $35 fee covers the cost of the loom, materials, and instruction.   Pre-registration is required in order to insure that there will be enough looms to go around.   Students will leave owning the loom and with a finished project (a bookmark).
Fee:  $35
June 5th
3 to 5 PM
Beginning Flintknapping
A group session teaching the basics of flintknapping.   During the two hour class you will be introduced to both percussion and pressure techniques.   An attempt will be made to ensure that each student leaves the class with an item closely resembling an arrowhead or other tool.   This class is limited to students ages twelve and up  (unless previously arranged).   Please be aware of the high possibility of injury due to the nature of the class.   A liability waiver needs to be signed by all students and observers before instruction begins.   The class fee covers instruction by Dr. Arizona and all materials used.   Tools and additional materials will be available for discounted purchase following the class.
Fee:  $15
June 7th
4 to 5 PM
Bone Bead Chokers
Join our in-house jewelry maker to make your own bone bead choker using real bone or horn beads and a variety of styles.   The $15 fee covers the instruction and all materials used.   No pre-registration required.
Fee:  $15
June 19th
3 to 5 PM
Beginning Flintknapping
A group session teaching the basics of flintknapping.   During the two hour class you will be introduced to both percussion and pressure techniques.   An attempt will be made to ensure that each student leaves the class with an item closely resembling an arrowhead or other tool.   This class is limited to students ages twelve and up  (unless previously arranged).   Please be aware of the high possibility of injury due to the nature of the class.   A liability waiver needs to be signed by all students and observers before instruction begins.   The class fee covers instruction by Dr. Arizona and all materials used.   Tools and additional materials will be available for discounted purchase following the class.
Fee:  $15
June 21st
4 to 5 PM
Beginning Dreamcatcher
Come join us for our monthly Dreamcatcher class and learn how to make a basic dreamcatcher.   Our Trading Post dreamcatcher maker will be leading the class.   All ages are encouraged to come and try their hand  (even though the little ones might need some extra help from a parent).   You will walk away from this class with a finished product.   No pre-registration is required - just show up.   Class fee of $15 covers both instruction and basic materials.
Fee:  $15
All Fees include both instruction and materials.   Finished Take-Home Product produced in all classes except where noted.   Pre-registration only required for a small number of classes.   We do request a heads-up if you are bringing a large group.   Inquire about our special "take five classes get one free" offer.
 
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