Way of the Raven

2020 07-07

Tanning Bird Hides

Chesapeake Bay ProgramI have seen historical drawings of shoulder bags made from a duck hide and such and I must confess I have not tried to tan a bird hide so I consulted with some of my friends who have. Maybe some of you taxidermists might want to contribute to this conversation. I could not find any videos or drawings on tanning bird hides. So I am guessing it is rarely done. Looking for a friend… (more…)

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2020 05-13

Agriculture….Was It a Mistake?

5eTFpZyjnKAvHzgLiTg78RaiPrior to agriculture, humans lived happier, healthier, freer and easier lives, claims one of the world’s top scientists and thinkers. In an article published in Discover Magazine nearly 30 years ago, Pulitzer Prize winning anthropologist and evolutionary biologist Jared Diamond calls agriculture “a catastrophe from which we have never recovered.” Diamond claims the domestication of plants and animals – which began around 10 to 15 thousand years ago – led to the eventual domestication of humans and is ultimately responsible for the “the gross social and sexual inequality, the disease and despotism that curse our existence.” For approximately 2 million years prior to the advent of agriculture, gatherer-hunters enjoyed excellent health, social and sexual equality, very light workloads, plenty of leisure time and freedom from any form of government. (more…)

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2020 03-19

Fortifying Your Home for High Winds

High Winds During HurricaneFortifying Your Home for High Winds

Wind can come in the form of hurricanes, tornadoes, cyclones, microbursts or downdrafts. There are high winds and gusts in some instances that last just a few minutes, and there are sustaining winds that may last for days. While wind can be a powerful asset, it can also pose a significant danger at times. On an individual basis, it can be valuable to understand the impact of high winds and how we can best protect our homes and personal property from wind damage. There are many ways to reinforce a home against wind damage — some are simple enough to DIY while others may require professional assistance. (more…)

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2020 03-06

Building Construction in Ancient Times, Survival Shelters For Today

All around the world in the archaeological record, explorers’ notes and among Native American as well as all around the world we see structures that still stand the test of time. Maybe they haven’t survived physically because thy were made of natural materials that decay with time. Most of these primitive structures have vanished with the people who built them. However, in a survival situation or an off grid fortress they still are viable options and well worth learning about. This article focuses on the many shelters noted through time. Maybe try to build one for yourself! Let me know how it goes.

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2020 02-14

Miscellaneous Useful Notes

I have associated with some of the best survival skills people in the world in my life so in this blog  I have decided to share a bunch of miscellaneous notes on various topics. Perhaps some of you will recognize some of these names. (more…)

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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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