Back to Basics:How to Learn and Enjoy Traditional American Skills: Reader's Digest

Submitted by lafmore on Sat, 02/01/2020 - 22:51
Back to Basics

Tom Brown recommended this book in a class and after getting it, I could understand why. This is like the old Firefox books- it's packed with skills. Many are not primitive, but more homesteading skills, but it's a treasure trove of forgotten and useful details about how to do things. 

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Cedar: Tree of Life of the NW Coast Indians; Hilary Stewart

Submitted by lafmore on Thu, 01/23/2020 - 16:05
Cedar; Stewart

This book explores the many uses of cedar in the tribes of NW coastal Indians, including all parts of the tree for shelter, clothing, tools and more. It has extensive information not only on the skills but on the whole relationship of these people with the cedars. Excellent book on many levels. The paperback version can be purchased affordably. 

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North America - Western

Craft Manual of North American Indian Footwear; George M. White

Submitted by lafmore on Tue, 02/18/2020 - 17:28
Manual of North American Indian Footwear

This is not a large book and it is priced high because it may be out of print. It is, however, an excellent manual containing patterns and how to make a wide range of styles of moccasins and mukluks from various tribes. I've made several different types and the instructions are good.

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Earth Knack; Stone Age Skills for the 21st Century; Bart Blankenship

Submitted by lafmore on Thu, 02/06/2020 - 14:58
Earth Knack

This is a well-done book on skills. The author has experience and shares it in a fun way. I found skills in this book that have not been covered in other books. One good thing is he talks about incorporating skills into modern life. So this can be useful as folks look for skills they can work on in a non-wilderness setting.

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Hunting and Gathering Survival Manual; Tim MacWelch

Submitted by lafmore on Thu, 02/06/2020 - 14:46
Hunting and Gathering

If you're looking for an overview of many skills for outdoor survival, this is a good general book. It does both primitive and none primitive skills. Because of its scope, it doesn't provide a lot of detail on any one topic, so it does have its limitations. One very good thing about the book it that the author has actually used these skills. He writes from a place of experience- not theory. So there are gems in here even for those with experience.

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Indian Fishing: Early Methods on the NW Coast; Hilary Stewart

Submitted by lafmore on Mon, 01/20/2020 - 15:04
Indian Fishing

This is a fascinating book that has an amazing number of examples of the tools of fishing of various tribes of the NW Americas. The author is an archaeologist who provides considerable insight into the making and use of the various items. The book can be expensive, but keep an eye and and you can find it at a reasonable price and it's well worth is.

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North America - Western

Living with the Earth; Tom Brown Jr.

Submitted by lafmore on Thu, 01/23/2020 - 16:19
Living with the Earth Tom Brown Jr.

Tom's book on Wilderness Survival covers all the basics: shelter, water, fire and food. This book takes over where that one stops. Instead of just survival, this book teaches the skills to live long-term in the wilderness. It covers, not only the skills, but the philosophies of living in harmony with the Earth. These are all incredibly important skills for truly making the wilderness your home. This probably my most loved, and most used field guide.

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Secret of Bow Drill Success; Julie Martin

Submitted by lafmore on Thu, 02/27/2020 - 19:01
Secrets of Bow Drill Success

This gem, written by former Tracker Instructor and co-founder of Practical Primitive, Julie Martin, can save you a ton of dirt time. Julie shares all the tricks and tips that will make your bow drill experience successful and enjoyable. Many of the insights can transfer over to other types of fire by friction.

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Stone, Bone, Antler and Shell: Artifacts of the NW Coast; Hilary Stewart

Submitted by lafmore on Thu, 01/23/2020 - 15:39
Stone, Bone, Antler and Shell

This is another excellent book by archaeologist, Hilary Stewart. To book documents hundreds of tools made from these four materials. The images are drawings, but well detailed and useful. An excellent book to learn about the various tools and how they were used. Again, this one is out of print so can be spendy, but well worth it if you can find a reasonably priced copy.

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North America - Western