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Primitive Living, Self-Sufficiency, and Survival Skills

Primitive Living, Self-Sufficiency, and Survival Skills

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by Thomas J. Elpel
     
 

In Primitive Living, Self-Sufficiency, and Survival Skills, author Thomas J. Elpel shows how to discover nature by using it with the same techniques employed by the first people to wander the earth. Illustrated with over 350 photographs, he thoroughly describes every aspect of how to:
· Stay warm and comfortable even without a blanket
· Start a

Overview

In Primitive Living, Self-Sufficiency, and Survival Skills, author Thomas J. Elpel shows how to discover nature by using it with the same techniques employed by the first people to wander the earth. Illustrated with over 350 photographs, he thoroughly describes every aspect of how to:
· Stay warm and comfortable even without a blanket
· Start a fire using friction
· Make bows and bone arrowheads
· Butcher a deer, tan the hide, and make soft buckskin clothing
· Identify edible plants of the Rocky Mountains
· Cook in the wild without a pan
· Make birch bark canisters, willow baskets, and primitive pottery
· Create and use simple stone knives Primitive Living, Self-Sufficiency, and Survival Skills includes dozens of skills and techniques that anyone can learn to meet the needs of clothing, shelter, fire, and water. It is a must read for any serious outdoorsperson.

Editorial Reviews

KLIATT
At first this title seems yet another "how-to" on survival in the wild, complete with a listing of edible plants, directions on how to make a blanket poncho and information on a variety of ways to start a fire. In this regard it is complete, readable and nicely illustrated with b/w photographs. Some parts are not for the faint of heart or stomach; the section on butchering road-kill deer, for example, goes into a lot of detail. Some sections will be of interest to anyone with thoughts of camping or spending time out of doors, but somewhere towards the end of the book, when a photo of a man wearing an outfit that makes him look like a more primitive Friar Tuck appears, you realize this book is really advocating a lifestyle change or at least an alteration in one's way of thinking. The reader who gets the most out of this book will be the one who longs to truly drop modern technology and modern burdens and encompass "the art of doing nothing." "Doing nothing is a way of saving time and energy, so that you can finish your daily work more effectively...[it] is an approach to research; it is a way of thinking and doing." (p.192) Author Thomas Elpel is a native of Montana and a director of the Hollowtop Primitive School. He practices what he preaches and writes about and offers food for thought the next time you're stuck in freeway traffic. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2004, Globe Pequot, 198p. illus. bibliog. index., Ages 15 to adult.
—Katherine Gillen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592282081
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2004
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
8.28(w) x 11.06(h) x 0.38(d)

Meet the Author

THOMAS J. ELPEL grew up in Virginia City, Montana. Under the instruction of his grandmother Josie Jewett, he learned how to identify and use the local herbs and plants, find arrowheads, and appreciate wildlife and the outdoors. Elpel received training from the Outdoor Survival School and Tom Brown's Tracker School, and is now the director of the Hollowtop Outdoor Primitive School (HOPS) in Pony, Montana.

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Primitive Living, Self-Sufficiency, and Survival Skills 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very helpful book. He goes through all the basics of shelter, fire, water, food, and many other topics. It is a book that is easily applied to any outdoor activity no matter what you skill level is. All of the projects and skills cost little of nothing to do or make. It shows you that you are able to enjoy the wilderness without paying a penny. Very educational and is a good book for anyone who wants to appreciate the outdoors.