The Ringing Cedars of Russia Series; Vladimir Megre

Submitted by lafmore on Sat, 12/26/2020 - 15:35
The Ringing Cedars of Russia

Submitted by Lenny Kagan

The Ringing Cedars of Russia Series is about a family of hermits living in the Taiga of Siberia that traces their lineage back to over 10,000 years ago. The family in the books share their vast ancestral knowledge and memories that they have passed to each other and through the books to us.  The interest to us as Tracker students is multi fold. 

Firstly, these hermits live in complete balance and harmony with the wilderness around them.  No fires.  No shelters.  No tools.  Nature provides for all their needs.  Even the wild animals respond to their calls. 

Secondly, these hermits possess extraordinary abilities that they claim is inherent within us all, one of these specific abilities that is of interest to us as Tracker students is what they call "a ray" that they use to not only heal with, but to scan remote areas with.  This ray is empowered with Love, and then directed to a person or place.

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Last of the Breed Louis L' Amour

Submitted by lafmore on Thu, 12/10/2020 - 19:58
Last of the Breed

I had never read L' Amour books, but this one was recommended by a fellow Tracker- and for good reason! It's a wonderful story about a Native American pilot who is captured by Russians. He escapes prison and disappears into the Siberian wilderness. Not only is a great adventure story, but there is outstanding survival, tracking, escape and evasion and other relevant skills used throughout the story. It also has some great philosophy of living with the Earth. So not only fun entertainment, but a chance to pit your experience against this author's efforts in playing "the game". 

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Edge Walker 2: Into the Veil by Chris Hampton

Submitted by lafmore on Sat, 07/18/2020 - 17:54
Into the Veil

In this second book in the series, author and Tracker Chris Hampton delves more deeply into the spiritual skills. The small community continues to grow and learn the physical skills needed for their survival, but they must also contend with a dark medicine man so is significantly more of the story involving the development and use of spiritual skills. The characters continue to grow and develop and the story is well-paced. Due to some more violence and reference to cannibalism, you may want to preview before allowing children to read, but since it's not too graphic, it should still be appropriate for teens. 

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Edge Walker by Chris Hampton

Submitted by lafmore on Sat, 07/18/2020 - 17:44
Edge Walker

Long-time Tracker, Chris Hampton has written a wonderful novel in which you will recognize Grandfather's skills, the way of the spirit and the way of the scout. Chris has created a tale of the unfolding of Grandfather's prophecies, in which a young protagonist escapes the collapse and learns skills from his elders who have prepared. It's an engaging tale but has so much to teach as well. In this book, the author has played the Game for you, so you can experience how it unfolds in his scenario. Since the protagonist is a young teen, and the violence not too graphic, this is an excellent book for youth and young adult readers as well.  It's also  another way to introduce friends and family to the concepts and skills needed for the coming times. This book is also available as an audiobook.

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Black Elk Speaks; John Neihardt

Submitted by lafmore on Sat, 02/22/2020 - 17:33
Black Elk Speaks

This is a stunning book, full of heart and heart break. It chronicles the life of Nicholas Black Elk during the falling of the Native people. It is so much more than just the telling of this horrible time in our history, but is full of the Vision and spirituality that were born through his struggles. His is an important message for our future.

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The Tracker; Tom Brown Jr.

Submitted by lafmore on Sun, 02/02/2020 - 18:29
The Tracker

This is Tom's first book and it enthralled many with his tales of learning from Grandfather Stalking Wolf. The book has stories that teach about learning to track, survive in the woods, and stories about the remarkable relationship Stalking Wolf had with the natural world. They are inspiring stories that touch the soul of anyone who has a love of nature.

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My Year Without Matches: Escaping the City in Search of the Wild by Claire Dunn

Submitted by Martha M. on Sun, 02/02/2020 - 11:25
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Non-fiction/Memoir

I want only to apprentice myself to Mother Nature, to steep myself in the raw reality of survival, and, like Thoreau, to wander without time or destination, a hawk-eye witness to the unfoldingof four full seasons.

This narrative reveals a path of both dreamtime and awakening. When Dunn leaves her workaday world to suspend the "busy-ness" of mainstream routines, all sorts of emotions begin to surface. With heartfelt honesty, the author leans into the sharp places, exposed and raw, to discover her true self. Wisdom blooms from her experiences. "This is what I love about this year," she writes. "I'm crafting the tools for living from my own hands, from the earth; beauty and functionality are one and the same, transforming the mundane into the sacred." So evolves the journey of balance with nature, as Dunn seeks the sacred order of shelter, water, fire, and food to sustain herself through the seasons.

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Alone: Television Series on History Channel

Submitted by lafmore on Thu, 01/23/2020 - 16:29
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I'm not one for watching the survivor shows, but I cannot stress enough the value in watching this series. The premise is that 10 people are selected. They have to prove their skills to be selected (some of them have been Tracker students, some survival instructors, but the all have solid foundational skills). These people are dropped off alone in a wilderness area with basically a go-bag of supplies. The show premise is that the person who stays the longest wins money. But the teachings of this show are countless. You experience over and over the psychological and physical strains that take people out. You see where skill failure means starvation and sadly, you see how short a period of time these people can survive on their own in the wilderness. They have some limitations you might not face, but in general, this could easily be equated to an escape scenario. I think this show is of great value if for no other reason than that it helps us be realistic about our skills and our abilities to survive with just a go-bag. It shows us our gaps and what we need to focus on. This is time well spent for preparing for time in the wilderness.

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