Demonstrators - Chehaw

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Jackie Briggs

Jackie specializes in brain-tanning deer hides, twined bags, pine needle baskets, grape vine baskets, egg baskets, bone awls and needles from deer legs. Her latest demonstrations include Indian pipe carving. She is a member of the Society of Primitive Technologists and a student of primitive skills at Earth Skills Workshops. Jackie is a demonstrator at Kolomoki Mounds Indian Festival in addition to the Ossahatchee Indian festival

Jeff Parr

My name is Jeff Parr; my display features a Creek Hunting Camp. I talk about the history, importance and impact of the deerskin trade to the Native peoples of the Southeast during the 18th century. My display contains material culture items used from the Paleo period to the 19th century and the contrast between Native and European cultures.

Jim Sawgrass

Jim Sawgrass is a native Floridian and a member of the Muskogee Creek Indian Tribe. He served on the Florida Indian Council from 1991-1995. Sawgrass has been sharing his knowledge of the Southeastern Native American tribes for over 30 years.

As a child, he was always interested in history, building forts, and exploring the woods and nearby swamps. The outdoors was always, and continues to be a big part of his life. He became more involved with his Native American heritage by attending Pow Wows, Native festivals, and historical reenactments. He learned more about Native culture and history from many elders, outdoors-men, and reenactors he was surrounded by. He is also an Eagle Scout and applies his scouting skills to this day.

In 1988, Sawgrass began presenting programs professionally on Native American history and started the "Deep Forest Historical Native American Programs". Since then, he has performed at places like schools, Pow Wows, state and national parks, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festivals and many other places around the U.S. He also been featured on many television networks such as History Channel, Travel Channel and Discovery Channel.

Mike Stuckey

Michael specializes in Primitive Pottery in the Southeastern Tradition and has had numerous shows including: Visual Arts Center in Panama City, Florida: 103 items of Primitive pottery in southeastern tradition displayed; Gallery of Art in Panama City, Florida: several shows and demonstrations; Museum of Fine Arts at Florida State University: "Dimensions of Native America: The Contact Zone"; Tallahassee City Hall Art Gallery: "The Art of Craft," a group exhibition by North Florida craftsmen.

Michael has a Bachelor of Science in Studio Art at Florida State University and an Associate of Arts Degree at Gulf Coast Community College. He states, " I am truly a primitive potter having learned to make this southeastern pottery through trial and error and studying existing bowls and shards." Michael has been making and firing primitive pottery inspired by shards found around St. Andrews bay in Panama City, Florida. Much of this pottery was large and thin, well made and strongly fired. Michael says that he feels that he has much to learn but is beginning to master the cultural styles, construction, and firing techniques of the pre-historic pottery. Michael is presently self-employed reproducing museum quality southeastern pottery and creating fine art inspired by it

Nick Baker

Been playing with primitive skills for close to 40 years, practitioner and keeper of the old ways, South Georgia born and raised, hunter, fisherman, gardener, campfire philosopher, Early American history buff, admirer of the wild places.

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Scott Hodges

Georgia's colonial population was a very culturally diverse group. The poor and oppressed from England and Europe were brought together through the idea of mutual protection and prosperity to create the 13th colony. A colony free of slaves and "demon rum" where many would take the chance to start life over in a new and dangerous land. From letters, journals and documents of the period, the story of Georgia comes to life through the eyes of her founder, Governor General James Oglethorpe.

Scott Jones

A Georgia native, Scott has made a life-long study of natural and cultural history, and the interconnections between the two. This interest in natural science and human technology merged easily with his archaeological training, and in 1987 he began to apply his expertise full-time to the study of Stone-Age skills, ancient technologies and their relation to our lives today. He says: “We need to see ourselves in prehistory. All of our ancestors, regardless of race or geographical origin, were using stone tools just a few thousand years ago. Many of the basic skills were common to everyone.” Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Georgia and an Associate Degree in Applied Science from the Community College of the Air Force. He brings over 30 years of professional experience to the field of primitive technology.

Veronica Wiese

Veronica fell in love with history while listening to her dad drone on for hours about Hannibal, the Huns, ancient Rome, and the founding of America. She began studying, demonstrating, and teaching 18th and 19th century life skills over 20 years ago with an emphasis on the lives of the amazing women, of European and Native descent, who helped build a new country from scratch. Veronica has published 5 books of historic recipes and culinary techniques.

Ken Purdy

My name is Ken Purdy, I started out shooting black powder, and doing Dutch oven cooking in the mid 70's. In 1997 I started doing historical re-enacting with my kids, mostly French and Indian War time period. Soon after I started picking up primitive skills, and blacksmithing, flint knapping, brain tanning, and pottery.

Chris ‘Turtleman’ Adams

Hailing from Deep Southeastern Georgia, Turtleman Chris Adams embodies the culture and traditions of his ancestors. A regional living historian, he traverses the state bringing yesteryear to life. Mr. Adams has written for various publications showcasing the ways of life for Georgia Plain Folk or "Crackers". Turtleman's "trading camp" is representative of a time long ago during the Deerskin trade where both local Muskogee and Settlers would supply the market to meet the demand for buckskins.

When Turtleman is not in his historical garb, he can oftentimes be founds in the pineywoods and sloughs of the great Okefenokee Swamp or conducting one of his many Environmental Education programs.














































































































































105 Chehaw Park Road
Albany, GA 31701
Customer Service: 229.430.5275

Park Hours
Monday - Sunday
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Zoo Hours
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
12:00- 4:00 p.m.
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