Two Winters in a Tipi: My Search for the Soul of the Forest

Two Winters in a Tipi: My Search for the Soul of the Forest

by Mark Warren


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One stormy August night, a lightning bolt struck Mark Warren's tin-roofed farmhouse and burned everything to the ground. Even his metal tools melted. Friends loaned him a tent, but after just a month it began to break down—which Warren vowed not to do. Instead, he decided to follow a childhood dream and live in a tipi. Excitement stirred in his chest, and so began a two-year adventure of struggle, contemplation, and achievement that brought him even closer to the land that he called home. More than just the story of one man, Two Winters in a Tipi gives the history and use of the native structure, providing valuable advice, through Warren's trial and error, about the confrontations that march toward a tipi dweller. It shows, without thumping the drum of environmental doom, how you can go back to the land for two days or two years. The wild plants that Natives harvested for food and medicine still grow nearby. The foods still nourish; the medicines still heal. As Warren beautifully reveals, the wild places of the past still exist in our everyday lives, and living that wilderness is still a possibility. It's as close as the river running through your city, the woods in your neighborhood, or even the edges of your own backyard.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762779222
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 1,270,865
Product dimensions: 5.58(w) x 7.78(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Mark Warren graduated Phi Beta Kappa in chemistry from the University of Georgia and pursued a career in music while working as a naturalist and educator for the Georgia Conservancy. The National Wildlife Federation named him Georgia's Conservation Educator of the Year. His articles on nature and survival skills have appeared in the North Georgia Journal, Georgia Backroads, and Blue Ridge Highlander. A U.S. national champion in whitewater canoeing and a winner of the World Championship Longbow Tournament, Warren founded and runs the Medicine Bow Wilderness School in the North Georgia mountains, where he lives.

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Two Winters in a Tipi: My Search for the Soul of the Forest 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author writes in a way that makes you feel as if you too lived in the tipi. Read the book in one sitting. Felt the forest around me, felt the crackle of the fire at night.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a teacher that used Native American culture to inspire and motiviate my students about love and respect of the earth and its treasures, Two Winters in a Tipi is the perfect book. Not only do we become absorbed in Mark Warren's daily life with nature, but we are entertained as we learn. His use of vocabulary, and vivid descriptions make this a beautiful book to read, and also gives us lessons of respect and appreciation of all we can find outside. This book is so well written that you are disappointed when you reach the end and there is no more to read... Jane Heaberlin Newnan, GA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dragged on with little of the knowledge needed to actually to move into the lifr style....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Two Winters in a Tipi is a very well written book about author Mark Warren’s reaction to the bad luck of having his home burn to the ground as the result of a lightning storm. Rather than focus on the tragedy of having his home destroyed, Warren took the opportunity to fulfill his childhood dream of living in a tipi. In addition to his story of living off the land, Warren plays history professor – giving great insight into the history of the tipi itself amongst various cultures.
Vesna1 More than 1 year ago
From word one, this book entices the reader with beautiful images. From his breathtaking nocturnal run with the deer to a recitation of his daily chores, Mark stirs the imagination and makes even the most hardened city dweller ponder the what ifs of returning to our roots. Looking around the trappings of my home I feel just that...trapped. What a gift Mark has show his reader. Vesna Plakanis, Gatlinburg, TN