Mid-Atlantic Primitive Skills Group
The annual Mid-Atlantic Primitive Skills (MAPS) Meet, started in 2001, is the name of the mid-Atlantic primitive skills rendezvous now organized, managed and owned by Ancestral Knowledge.
However, MAPS Group remains an important sponsor of the event.
You can register for MAPS Meet on their website.
The Mid-Atlantic Primitive Skills Meet (MAPS Meet) is a national annual primitive skills rendezvous that attracts primitive skills instructors and participants from across the country. The first MAPS Meet was held in 2001. It was inspired by the long running Rivercane Rendezvous in Georgia and encouraged by the growing primitive technology community of the Greater Washington DC area.
In the beginning, it usually had approximately two dozen paid instructors, a dozen other paid and volunteer staff, and about 100-150 participants that gathered over a five-day period at the Catoctin Quaker Camp just outside of Thurmont, Maryland in the heart of the beautiful Catoctin Mountains.
In the interveaning years, Ancestral Knowledge was approached to provide children's programing for MAPS Meet and the relationship flourished.
By 2005 MAPS Meet grew every year to hosting over 250 people over a long weekend in May. It had out grown the Quaker Camp and was searching for a way to grow further.
In 2006 the MAPS Coordinator, Kevin Haney, established a partnership between Ancestral Knowledge and the Mid-Atlantic Primitive Skills Group to manage the annual primitive skills rendezvous known as the MAPS Meet. In the first year of the agreement (2006), Ancestral Knowledge would provide administrative support for the event. In succeeding years, upon the agreement and cooperation of both parties, Ancestral Knowledge would take over complete ownership and management of the event. To enact the agreement, the Ancestral Knowledge Board of Directors voted to accept it in September 2006.
By the spring of 2007, enacted by agreement with the Ancestral Knowledge Borad of Directors and the MAPS Coordinator, Ancestral Knowledge became the new manager and owner of MAPS Meet.
MAPS Group remains independent of the MAPS Meet and Ancestral knowledge, but remains an important sponsor of the annual event.