Primitive Skills and Crafts: An Outdoorsman's Guide to Shelters, Tools, Weapons, Tracking, Survival, and More

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Anyone eager to master survival skills for outdoor vacations, or simply to find a fun new family activity for a Saturday afternoon, will be educated and inspired by the practical advice presented here by archaeologists, anthropologists, primitive practitioners, craftsmen, and artisans. These experts help modern readers rediscover the skills that have served humanity for millennia: fire-making, camp cooking, basket weaving, pottery making, animal tracking, and much more. You can even learn how to turn seashells ...
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Anyone eager to master survival skills for outdoor vacations, or simply to find a fun new family activity for a Saturday afternoon, will be educated and inspired by the practical advice presented here by archaeologists, anthropologists, primitive practitioners, craftsmen, and artisans. These experts help modern readers rediscover the skills that have served humanity for millennia: fire-making, camp cooking, basket weaving, pottery making, animal tracking, and much more. You can even learn how to turn seashells into arrowheads or make glue from yucca plants. Plus, there’s intriguing information on the benefits of a hunter-gatherer diet. More than just a how-to, this handbook provides inspiration to live life to the fullest.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602391482
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/2007
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 190,893
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.10 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     i
Acknowledgments     ii
Contributors' Biographies     iii
Our Human Family     1
The Ultimate Weapon     15
Old Finnish Hunting and Fishing Techniques     25
Primitive Process Pottery     35
Stone Survival Tools     53
Yucca     61
Make Your Own Hide Glue     77
Traditional Basketry Materials     85
Tracking Skills     99
The Primal Gourmet     109
Whole-Shoot Willow Baskets     121
A Paleo Prescription     137
Barking Up the Right Tree     149
The Remarkable Fire Piston     163
An Introduction to the Atlatl     177
Badgerstone     191
Pine Needle Basketry     199
"Rocking On" with the Paiute Deadfall     209
Philosophy of a Caveman     225
Living with Nature     231
References     247
Index     254
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2010

    Not What You Think....

    This book would be better served if it was titled "Basket Weaving and One or Two Other Things." It's easy to see the passions of the authors is not so much survival skills or any other craft save basket making. There are several chapters on making different baskets with plenty of images. Yet they only briefly touch on subjects such as traps and fire starting and display truly inferior images as if these subjects are so easy to perform that no additional images are needed. If you want to weave baskets, this is the book for you!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2007

    This Should Be Required Reading for Survivor Contestants

    This is a very interesting book which describes in remarkable detail various primitive crafts and survival techniques. The skills discussed range from making blades and axes from stone to various methods of primitive cooking. All of the topics covered are described in sufficient detail to be useful. There are sections on primitive basket making and pottery as well as blowgun making and stalking. After reading this book I was left with both a profound admiration for our primitive ancestors as well as some potentially useful newfound knowledge. Since many of the techniques described were utilized by Native Americans this book will be enjoyed by students of this subject as well as by Boy/Girl Scouts who will find many sections which they can utilize on camping trips. This book will also be enjoyed by fans of shows such as ¿Man vs. Wild¿ and should be required reading for anyone planning to compete on ¿Survivor¿.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    an all right book however i bought one like it before so it's not a packer.

    good info for native american skills would be fun for a scout group on a weekend trip

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

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    Good book to have

    This is a good book to add to your library

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