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You and I are related. We share a genetic and technological lineage which began deep in Mother Africa many millennia ago. Our bodies, our brains and our behaviors bear the marks of htis long journey through time.
In your hands you hold a bundle. Practicing Primitive: A Handbook of Aboriginal Skills is a collection of words and images put together over a twenty-year period in a search for hands-on communication with that stone age past. These words and images are artifacts of my attempts to share that connection with others.
Some were meant for publication at their conception. Some were designed specifically for use by my students. And, some were simply the results of self-expression and instrospection. Gathered together here, they are yours to open and use-skills to be practiced and ideas to be pondered.
Yet, like relics removed from their archaeological context, they have little meaning in and of themselves. They are tools meant to point beyond themselves to a greater understanding and appreciation of our shared prehistoric heritage. They are signposts on a journey-markers on a trail.