Way of the Raven

2019 10-08

Arkansas Archaeology

      From M. R. Harrington 1960

Arkansas has many interesting archaeological sites. The Arkansas bluff dwellers are of particular interest to me. Their atlatl style is very unique. Note the finger rest peg that goes all the way through the atlatl (See illustration of Bluff dweller.). The Parkin Site is a key site in understanding Hernando De Soto’s travels in the 1500s. The article below by Jeffrey Mitchem is very informative. I also found a great article on line worth reading called Beyond Bluff Dwellers and the accompanying website is also fascinating. 

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2019 08-27

Low Budget Camping

 

By Christopher Nyerges

Low budget camping? How about no budget camping. A skilled person doesn’t need everything in the outdoor store to have a good time. Christopher Nyerges, long time friend and one of the most knowledgeable people I know talks about how to do just that in this blog.. A great teacher and has written many articles for many magazines and websites. Christopher Nyerges is the author of numerous books on the outdoors, including Testing Your Outdoor Survival Skills and Guide to Wild Foods.  He has led wilderness trips since 1974, and has written weekly outdoor newspaper columns for over 15 years. (more…)

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2019 07-25

Trapping

TRUE PRIMITIVE TRAPPING SKILLS
By Roger Bunch

Trapping or snaring is a simple process. Your goal is to capture, hold, contain, or kill the intended target species. Without the use of real traps or snares, you have to use your head and rely on primitive trapping skills. You have to know and understand the animals. The better your understanding of the wildlife, the better trapper you will become. The better trapper you are the better your chances at survival.

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2019 06-25

Tanning Hides With Nature’s Tools

This article was reprinted from a newsletter I used to do called TRIBE. It is a great article by Jim Miller on hide tanning.

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2019 06-13

Predicting The Weather With Natural Signs

 

Image result for weathermanBy Benjamin Raven Pressley

 

Don’t you just love weather forecasts? It is the only job you can be wrong 90% of the time and still keep your job, right? If you are outdoors much you will not always have the luxury of tuning into a weather forecast anyway. So you need to be able to read natural signs. There are many methods of reading the natural signs around you that you can predict weather by. These are reliable and time tested signs. Here are a few: (more…)

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2019 03-13

Raven’s Calendar of Classes Is Here!

I am excited to announce my calendar of classes for the year! I have hooked up with Off The Grid With Tap3x (more…)

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2019 02-13

Lost!

Direction Finding, Signalling and Getting Rescued
By Benjamin Raven Pressley

    You are lost, the sun is going down, what do you do? Well the first thing you want to do is to just STOP, sit down, think about what you do have not what you don’t have. Calm yourself. Don’t let your mind go into panic mode. The number one killer statistically of people finding themselves in a survival situation is paranoia. The mind races, you panic, you walk in circles, you scream for help until you are worn out and collapse.  It is usually not wise to start hiking out when the sun is going down and you’re really not sure which way is out. Plan on spending the night. However, next day or if you have plenty of daylight and you decide to hike out make sure you know what direction you are heading. There is nothing worse than walking around in circles expending needed energy thinking you can hike out of your situation. (more…)

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2018 12-28

Can The Outdoors Be A Spiritual Experience and Should We Care

I think we can agree if you have been following my website or some similar website for very long you are a person who loves the outdoors. There are also those who follow me that are interested in the information offered that just want to learn survival skills in case they get lost in the woods or are thrust into a situation where they are forced to survive like a grid down situation. I would also venture to say that whatever your reason is that you probably have experienced a connection and enjoyment beyond just surviving

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2018 10-24

Pottery Making

By Benjamin Raven Pressley

Catawba pottery. Artist unknown

    Winter time is a great time to do projects around the fire and what better project is there to do than pottery making, except maybe eating, LOL. There are many types of pottery and many ways of producing it. In a survival situation though the most practical form of pottery you can do is a technique used by the Catawba still practiced to this day. It is not glazed and can be produced with what you can find in the wild and only requires clay, sand and a good fire to fire the pottery. (more…)

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2018 09-19

Bolas The Unsung Primitive Weapon

By Benjamin Raven Pressley

   The bola is a primitive hunting weapon that was used by many primitive people and is still a viable weapon in a survival situation. The bola is most well known as used by the South American cowboys, known as gauchos, for wrapping the legs of runaway cattle, when thrown from the back of a horse.

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