Dawn Again: Tracking the Wisdom of the Wild

Dawn Again: Tracking the Wisdom of the Wild


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Through the Pacific Northwest forests and along the rugged coastal shores of California, Dawn Again: Tracking the Wisdom of the Wild is a memoir of exploration and survival from a stunning new voice.

Dawn Again takes readers on Doniga’s journey: as a troubled teen attending a wilderness immersion school where Indigenous elders and wildlife trackers were among her teachers; hitchhiking across the Pacific Northwest; the moment she first connected with deer using owl eyes and fox walking techniques; and to Alaska, where she fell in love with tracking white wolves and the rigor of wilderness survival.

With chapters on food, permaculture, and more, Dawn Again dives into Doniga’s real-life experiences while equipping readers with practical knowledge. When Doniga tracks mountain lions with Erik, a rancher, she finds herself falling in love with more than just nature. She settles down on a cattle ranch on the California coast to start a family, and has to learn how to apply the deep, unshakeable lessons of the wild to her everyday life.

“Doniga has given us an instruction booklet on how to get in touch with our best selves, through getting in touch with the earth.”  —Joan Baez

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943370146
Publisher: Cardinal Publishers Group
Publication date: 11/01/2017
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 326,448
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Doniga Markegard is a wildlife tracker, regenerative rancher, speaker, and author. Her teen years in nature school started her on a path that led to a career in animal tracking and then permaculture and ranching in California. Using the innovative, carbon-storing methods of regenerative ranching, she’s restoring the land she tends, bringing native grasses and wildlife back to the depleted Bay Area. Doniga is a consultant and guest instructor at numerous nature and permaculture programs around the country and is a regular speaker at events such as the Bioneers Conference, Food Inspiration Trendsummit, and The Grassfed Exchange; has worked with companies such as Patagonia and Google; and has been featured in articles from FastCompany, GreenBiz, The San Francisco Examiner, and NPR.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Prologue 1

Part 1

Chapter 1 Trapped 14

Chapter 2 Freedom 26

Chapter 3 Calling 34

Chapter 4 Awareness 47

Chapter 5 Language of Nature 72

Chapter 6 Lone Wolf 87

Chapter 7 Pack 98

Chapter 8 Vision 123

Part 2

Chapter 9 Food 152

Chapter 10 Permaculture 176

Chapter 11 Home 192

Part 3

Chapter 12 Motherhood 234

Chapter 13 Headwaters 259

Chapter 14 Terra Madre 271

Chapter 15 Fire 291

References 302

Index 307

Acknowledgments 314

About the Author 316

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