Way of the Raven

2018 05-05

The Medicine Wheel

The Medicine Wheel

Not A New Age Concoction—Navigation Device of the Ancients

By Jim Miller

Originally printed in TRIBE Newsletter December 1994

   The moon rolled across the sky. It was our night light as it shone through the smoke hole. The 27 feet diameter earth lodge we sat in was to be my home for the week. I was in the hills of Nebraska, near Stockville. The sun set that evening. We were finishing up some braintan skins and pumping out fires with hand spindles and bow drills. It was the Autumn equinox. Les had built this lodge and two others like it with the help of his wife, Jan and their friends.

    We waked to the top of a nearby hill and we could see the horizon for 360 degrees. I could also see many basketball sized rocks. They were laid out in a circle about 70 feet in diameter. Many lines of stones radiated from the center in various directions.

    “This is our medicine wheel”, said Les, “Our ancestors used it to mark and keep track of the seasons and cycles of the moon.” (more…)

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2018 03-30

Fire Saw Fire Making of the Wola People (Papua New Guinea)

SURVIVAL PRIORITIES

By Benjamin Raven Pressley

Fire without a doubt was one of the most important discoveries of humans. I would say cutting edges and fire were probably the two biggest discoveries that made an impact on our survival and technological advancement. Edges made it possible for humans to go beyond being scavengers and to become hunters. Fire made it possible to cook and thus increased the variety of foods we could eat which meant more protein and calories which made our bodies and brains grow and advance. Edges and fire are still up there with our highest priorities in a survival situation. In order of importance what are the priorities of a person thrust into an unplanned survival situation? (more…)

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2018 03-15

Slimy Yet Satisfying!

Remember the popular movie Lion King? Remember that scene where Simba ran away and met up with a wart hog named Pumba and a meerkat named Timon who introduced their new found friend to eating bugs…so they wouldn’t get eaten by Simba! They have to coax him into trying bugs for food but like Pumba the wart hog says says “Slimy but satisfying” right before he downs one. After a while he gets used to eating bugs and likes them. Well, that is the way most people today, at least in the United States, think of eating bugs for food. However, anyone that has been into survival skills very long can probably all tell you their tales of eating bugs. Fact is in a survival situation you are going to need the protein. If you are very successful at hunting that is great but any honest person that has survived will admit that there are just some days hunting is not successful and your knowledge of edible plants and edible bug life can save your life. (more…)

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2018 01-25

Celts and Adzes

Tools: As Close As Your Hands

    Tools, how would we do without them? If you think about it you always have tools. Most people have their hands, their fingers, their fingernails. With your hands you can make tools to accomplish tasks that alone they could not. Humans are the only creature on Earth to go one step further and use one tool to fashion another. While there are examples of animals using tools: chimpanzees using sticks to extract termites, horses scratching themselves with a stick, vultures picking up stones with their beaks to hammer open thick shelled eggs, otters breaking open mollusks with a rock—only man has taken tool manufacture and use one step farther. One of the things that sets humans apart from the animal kingdom is man’s ability to take the next step. The true survivor will take what he has to work with, however little that may be, and one step at a time advance uphill, taking each stage as a summit of development, instead of thinking of the impossibility of the task because they can’t construct the modern tool they are used to. This installment of this blog will focus on celts, axes and hammers. Tools you can make in a survival situation as needed.  (more…)

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2017 12-28

The Wonders of River Cane

River Cane is in the grass family and is the native bamboo of North America. It grows only in the Southeast. Because of its relation with bamboo with the introduction of Asian bamboo through time it has cross bred into more varieties than I can number. Some of the cross breeds are still very useful but if you can find a patch of the native cane keep it a secret and keep it to yourself (well, you can tell me, heh, heh, heh.). It is often confused with bamboo. Native cane is without a doubt more resistant to cracking and splitting as it dries. It heat straightens easier. The long sections between joints make it great material for arrows and blow guns. I can’t speak highly enough of this versatile plant. —Benjamin Raven Pressley (more…)

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2017 12-23

Herbal Prepper Academy

How would you like to learn herbal remedies from herbalist, author, and urban homesteader, Catherine DiRuzza-Ellis better known as Cat? (more…)

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2017 12-09

Conquering The Darkness

This blog I want to discuss some ways of lighting your camp or making a torch or lamp for exploring a cave. It is a whole new experience to explore a cave with a light you have created, lights up the whole cave. I researched many methods used by primitive people and as you can imagine not many remnants of torches survived to study. So I took what I could find and then experimented on my own. It was a great experience and here is what I learned…

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2017 08-16

NEW BOOK!

Warrior Scout Series

By Benjamin ‘Raven’ Pressley & Fernan David Vargas

I am really excited about this joint effort with my friend Fernan. He is a martial arts instructor that has written many books himself. He knows self defense! When he approached me about this project I immediately got excited. (more…)

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2017 08-10

Rabbit Sticks

Written by Benjamin ‘Raven’ Pressley

I would like to introduce you to what is possibly the easiest to use, most effective hunting weapon you can make. It is easy to make and is probably the oldest hunting weapon known to humankind.  And I want to take some time to put it into a prehistoric/historic context for better understanding. It is one of my favorite weapons to produce and use. You will understand when you make and use a few. (more…)

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2017 06-27

Wilderness Steam Pit

A steam pit is a great way to cook food in a wilderness survival situation of just for fun. A steam pit can be any size depending on what you are cooking. Hawaiians have been doing it for years in luaus. Here is step by step how to make and use one for yourself! (more…)

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