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Flora Food & Medicine / Re: Tree Bark
« on: January 03, 2012, 10:50:31 AM »
I've just cut large sections off and pulled.  You can only do this with smaller pine trees, though, when the bark is still relatively smooth.  Luckily, in most stands of pine there are plenty of these.

The idea that any oil producer would understate their reserves on purpose is ridiculous just on the surface.  Letting people believe you have less oil would mean less market confidence.  Just look how much effort the Saudis have gone through to lie about their reserves.  If there's any fudging of numbers, it's to make the reserves look bigger, not smaller.

Visions of the Rewilding Renaissance / Tribe of Badass Warrior Women?
« on: December 02, 2011, 11:02:14 AM »

Apparently a group of Ukrainian women living in the mountains and kicking ass:

In the Ukraine, a country where females are victims of sexual trafficking and gender oppression, a new tribe of empowered women is emerging. Calling themselves the “Asgarda”, the women seek complete autonomy from men. Residing in the Carpathian Mountains, the tribe is comprised of 150 women of varying ages, primarily students, led by 30 year-old Katerina Tarnouska. Reviving the tribal traditions of the Scythian Amazons of ancient Greek mythology, the Asgarda train in martial arts, taught by former Soviet karate master, Volodymyr Stepanovytch, and learn life skills and sciences in order to become ideal women.

Media Reviews & Recommendations / Re: Rewilding movies
« on: November 23, 2011, 08:15:40 PM »
I was just thinking of Spirited Away last night.  I'm more a fan of Princess Mononoke, but Spirited Away is really good too.

Visions of the Rewilding Renaissance / Re: Challenges?
« on: November 23, 2011, 08:00:03 PM »
Okay, cool.  What kind of knots do we want to display?  Any kinds?  Should we make a few different cordage materials into workable cords?

Hopefully I'll be able to get hold of a digital camera to show you what I've done, but I can tell you now that I'll be making stuff out of nettles (still have plenty that's green here), milkweed, and cattail.  I've made some nice, beefy cattail ropes.

I'm going to have to disagree on the pit shaving.  Well, I guess it makes less sense for women.  For me, as a man, it's actually really beneficial.  I smell less.  It's just easier hygiene maintenance. :)

But whenever we get into this conversation, I always feel the need to point out that removal of body hair isn't a specifically civilized thing.  Many, in fact most (that I know of) indigenous cultures practice some form of body hair removal.  In this area, many peoples regularly plucked all their body hair.  Some times head hair, too.

Birthing & Caring for Children / Re: Made you look!
« on: November 20, 2011, 09:35:30 AM »
Take them out of school?

This is such a hard thing to overcome.  I think the only thing you can do is counter it with interactions that are egalitarian and cooperative in nature.  Extra-curricular classes with like-minded people?  Play dates?

If you do take them out of school and decide to homeschool or something, learn about homeschooling cooperatives and classes directed at homeschoolers.  I teach classes of that sort, in wilderness skills primarily.

Common Misconceptions / Re: Agriculture: villain or boon companion?
« on: November 19, 2011, 08:46:55 AM »
It just occurred to me that I had been interpreting the term "immediate-return" one way, but that in other contexts I interpret it another, and just wondering how we're using it here in this conversations.  I realize it could both refer to the activities of foragers and hunters as immediately having returns, and could also be referring to people making the efforts to immediately transition to hunter-gatherer-gardener lifeways.

And yes, I'm also kind of bummed that vera isn't in the conversation or the forum now, but I personally don't have patience for people unwilling to engage in honest conversation.  That sort of passive aggression, which I think Peter rightly identified, isn't the kind of communication we should encourage and practice both here and in our emerging cultures.

Coincidentally, vera's claim of Oceanic horticulturalists being non-egalitarian reminded me of something I just read and posted on my Facebook, about the Batek people in what is now Malaysia.  Okay, they might not be what is classically called horticulturalists, but they're the epitome of egalitarian, and seem to tend wild yams and similar tubers in abundance.

The Batek also consider it a "crime/offense" to insult others or even hurt their feelings in some way, and perceive it to do real harm.  Just throwing that out there.

Fauna Food / Re: Hunting Season
« on: November 17, 2011, 12:48:39 PM »

I'm a pretty inexperienced hunter, slightly better trapper.  I'm hoping to get out and hunt some deer in the next couple of weeks, traps some rabbits and beaver, and maybe snag a few turkeys.  By the end, I hope to not have to say how inexperienced I am. :)

REWILD FORUM / profile pics
« on: November 14, 2011, 01:00:05 PM »
I was just trying to upload a new pic for the site, and it seems to not be working for me.  Does the new format require certain sizes or ratios?

Shelter / Re: Ropemaking Techniques
« on: November 14, 2011, 11:31:20 AM »
I struggled for years trying to make cattail rope, because it would often dry brittle.  But I've learned to be more careful, and have since made many nice big pieces of cattail rope.  The biggest advantage is that you can make a lot fast.  I like to double reverse wrap it, which usually takes care of any weakness at spliced parts.

Otherwise my favorite material is milkweed.  Not quite as strong as dogbane, but close, and we have milkweed in abundance here.  Plus, I like that it's a bit sticky.  The fibers end up sticking to each other.

Nettles are great too, like Peter said.  I'm actually just about to process some that I gathered a few days ago.

Common Misconceptions / Re: Hunter-gatherer Lifespan
« on: November 12, 2011, 06:19:44 PM »
Sounds plausible,  The lifespans can differ dramatically since some climates are tougher than others. Inuit peoples live in harsh environments for example, and therefore have some distinct differences from most other foraging peoples.  The main theme one can see is that hunting-gathering(-gardening) is routinely healthier than civilized/agricultural subsistence and lifeways.

Common Misconceptions / Re: Agriculture: villain or boon companion?
« on: November 12, 2011, 05:38:18 PM »

Maybe it's hard for us to understand how horticulturalists and foragers could see/understand their effects because most of us don't have cultures that have been living in place for a dozen or more generations (or since the "beginning of time").  Just a thought.  Six Nations peoples talk about planning seven generations in advance.  I'm willing to bet they have some clues to at least attempt to discern that.

Visions of the Rewilding Renaissance / Challenges?
« on: November 12, 2011, 03:03:08 PM »
Hey, I was just looking at the challenges I know some of you had been doing, and then realized there haven't been any since August (I think).  I'd like to keep those going, and maybe they can provide inspiration for what people can do at their rewild camps for workshops and tutorials.

Common Misconceptions / Re: happy pyromaniacs
« on: November 12, 2011, 02:50:38 PM »
  I feel that burning a fire purely for pleasure is dishonoring the earth, by failing to be mindful of the fact that any wood we burn now is taking food away from the soil, and thus from future generations.

The ashes themselves, however, are another kind of food.  Maybe more like a quick burst of food rather than slow digesting food, but it does enrich soil.

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