Way of the Raven

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 06-13

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 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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2018 06-10

The Last Stone Axe Makers

Commentary by Benjamin Raven Pressley

This is a report on an article called The Last Stone Ax Makers by Nicholas Toth, Desmond Clark and Giancarlo Ligabue and appeared in Scientific American, July 1992
This is an article worth reading.  It describes a chance encounter with a people living in New Guinea’s highlands that still make and trade stone axes in almost complete isolation from the outside world until 1984 when a German doctor met them while on an expedition in the area.  These people, who call themselves the Kim-Yal, are horticulturalists who live in Langda village in the central mountains of Irian Jaya, western New Guinea.  Their language belongs to one of the many Papuan families, they call Uni.  The average Kim-Yal man stands about 4 feet 6 inches tall which is much shorter than populations who live in the central highlands and the southwest coast.

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