Becoming Wild: Living the Primitive Life on a West Coast Island

Becoming Wild: Living the Primitive Life on a West Coast Island

by Nikki van Schyndel

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Becoming Wild: Living the Primitive Life on a West Coast Island by Nikki van Schyndel

Nikki van Schyndel is not your typical grizzled survivalist. She is a contemporary, urban young woman who threw off modern comforts to spend nineteen months in a remote rainforest with her housecat and a virtual stranger.

Set in the Broughton Archipelago—a maze of isolated islands near northern Vancouver Island—Becoming Wild is a story of survival in the pristine wilderness of BC. Sometimes predator and sometimes prey, twenty-nine-year-old Nikki and her companion Micah fend off the harsh weather, hungry wildlife, threat of starvation and the endless perils of this rugged Raincoast. To survive, Nikki must rely on her knowledge of BC’s coastal flora and fauna, and the ancient techniques of hunting and gathering. In this remote world she learns to skin bears, make clothes from cedar bark and take great joy in gobbling a fish tail whole.

Told in a voice that is both familiar and vulnerable, Becoming Wild explores our innate longings to connect with nature and revert to a pure, Eden-like state.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781927575666
Publisher: Caitlin Press
Publication date: 08/19/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 941,960
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Nikki van Schyndel studied with and taught under some of North America’s leading survivalists, trackers and primitive artisans and graduated from the Dominion Herbal College in British Columbia. Bold and original, Nikki shares her love of storytelling and secrets of the natural world with guests of Echo Bay EcoVentures, her unique, custom-tailored wilderness tour operation. She has gone from wild woman to forest dweller, now living in a log cabin that she built in the remote community of Echo Bay. She continues to have unimaginable intimate encounters with the wildlife that captures our hearts and feeds our fears.

Table of Contents

Map 8

Mayday Dreams 11

The Whispering Tree 16

Miraculous Meetings 18

Thunderbird's Prediction 28

Beer-Can Greetings 33

Cuddling My Fear 44

My Wild Reality 50

Starving on Clams 57

Shipwrecked Wishes 62

The Crabby Cougar 69

In the Shadows of Totems 80

Trapping Bruin 87

Ego Returns 102

Voices, Voices Everywhere 107

Blessings and Hauntings 118

Wooden Spears 129

Sea Monsters 139

Latin for Dummies 151

Tendon for Twine 157

Shape-Shifting Hunters 165

The 70-Mile Row 176

"Hi, Mom. I'm Alive." 188

Luxury at Last 192

Whale Breath 203

Stalking Grizzlies 212

Returning from Eden 227

The Universe Never Forgets Our Dreams 236

Acknowledgements 237

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