Primitive Living, Self-Sufficiency, and Survival Skills: A Field Guide to Primitive Living Skills

Primitive Living, Self-Sufficiency, and Survival Skills: A Field Guide to Primitive Living Skills

by Thomas J. Elpel

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592282579
Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
Publication date: 01/28/2004
Pages: 198

Table of Contents

Sunrise1
Earthskin2
The Pony Millsite3
Our Place in the World4
Participating in Nature6
The Cost of Gold7
Finding Home and Making a Stand8
Mind9
Nature as Wallpaper9
Discoidal Stone Knives11
Saving the World12
Adapting to Change13
Twined Baskets16
The Human Brain: Evolving Neural Networks18
Primitive Living as Metaphor19
Personas and Acting20
The Information Age21
Split-Willow Figures23
Perceptions of Reality25
Shelter27
Goals28
The Elements of Shelter: Shingling29
Efficiency31
The Elements of Shelter: Insulation32
Adapting Shelters to the Environment33
The Elements of Shelter: Fire34
Recouping Your Investment36
The Elements of Shelter: Air-Proofing37
The Earth Lodge40
Impacts & Reclamation42
Choosing a Location44
Fire45
Bowdrill Fire-Starting46
Bowdrill Technique51
Starting Bowdrill Fires with Damp Materials52
Survival Bowdrills: Fire from Nothing52
Handdrill Fire-Starting54
Handdrill Technique55
Other Friction Fire-Making Methods56
Flint & Steel Fire-Starting58
Principles of Fire-Starting60
Campfire Logistics and Safety61
Splitting Matches63
Energy Conservation63
Water65
Birch Bark Canisters66
Giardia & Water Purification68
Water Conservation71
Crapping in the Woods72
Fishing by Hand73
Making Cordage from Natural Fibers77
Twisting Fibers into Cordage78
Primitive Fishing Tackle80
Skinny Dipping81
Cooking83
Tin Cans/Stainless Steel Cans83
Cooking without a Pan84
Coal-Burned Containers85
Making Hollow-Log Drums86
Cooking in a Gold Pan87
Stir-Fry without a Pan87
Ashcakes: Bread of the Modern Abo88
Bamboo Spoon/Fork & Chopsticks89
Stone Ovens & Steam Pits90
Complete Proteins91
Primitive Pottery: Harvesting Wild Clay92
Adding Temper93
Wedging the Clay94
Making Pinch Pots95
Making Coil Pots96
Drying Pottery97
Firing Time98
Cooking in Clay Pots99
Beliefs about Food100
Mice and the Hantavirus101
Plants103
Identification Strategies104
Common and Latin Names105
The Digging Stick106
Wild Food Economics107
Wild Gardening110
Natural Farming111
The Ethics of Killing112
Worthwhile Plant Food Resources113
Edible Lichens114
Syrup114
Starchy Roots115
Fruits121
Seeds126
Nuts130
Mushrooms131
Animals133
Sneak Stalking & Trust Stalking134
Animals & Ecosystem Processes136
Desertification and Holistic Management138
The Quickie Bow140
Flintknapping Thoughts142
Bone Arrowheads143
Making Arrows144
All about Hide Glue146
Sinew Preparation147
Wildlife Laws148
Butchering a Road Kill Deer149
Gutting Deer150
Skinning Your Deer153
Butchering Basics154
Hunting Notes157
Deadfall Traps158
Clothing159
Braintan Overview159
Braintanned Buckskin160
Smoking the Hide166
Sewing Buckskin168
Shoes, Moccasins & Sandals170
Tire Sandals173
Wool & Blanket Ponchos175
Felting with Wool176
Sunset179
Canvas Sack Backpack179
The Bedroll Pack180
Pack Frames182
Nicholson Mine184
Goals in Primitive Living186
The Equipment Checklist188
Afterword: The Art of Nothing191
Bibliography193
Index195

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