There are three beautiful books that I would recommend to anyone that has a love of nature.
The thing is they’re not conventional, and so I hope you give them a chance to bring some amazing light into your life.
The first one is “The Tracker “ by Tom Brown Jr. This book is the one that began my spiritual journey and has shown me the value of the natural world in my life. Trained by an Apache elder named Stalking Wolf Tom’s book is his biography of an extraordinarily skilled survivalist who transcends the physical skills and opens the door to spiritual awakening.
The training that Tom received wasn’t just focused on traps and hunting but also on the sacred skills that bring you closer to nature. It’s a fun adventure into the woods with a twist.
It’s a book with a DVD you may purchase separately. This book is not about bird calls but bird behavior and communication. What do birds say to each other? What do they tell us? Is it worth being immersed in this spellbinding tweet fest? I learned a lot from Jon Young’s portrait of bird speak.
He was a gentleman of his time interested in science and literature traipsing through the woods gathering specimens and tucking them into his stove top hat. He also had poetry in his heart and a love for justice.
In his Journal we are treated to his poetic and scientific mind with the turn of each page.
The “horse girl” with an interdimensional understanding of horses that includes storytelling, information gathering, and feeling knows how we can learn and relate to each other. Can the Bushmen of Africa help us remember how to connect with the earth and each other? Can we tell a new story by using them as a role models? The answer is yes. Jon Young tells us how.
Stalking and fox walking are two ways to walk in the woods to better connect with nature. It’s precise soothing and relaxing all at once. Tom Brown III (of Sigma 3 Survival School) is the son of Tom Brown Jr. the famous survivalist, author, and teacher who runs The Tracker School. He is your teacher in this video, lucky you. If you’d like to come closer to the natural world, it’s important to shift your thinking and let your body do the work. Your body remembers the old ways and can take you on great adventures, but a good teacher can’t hurt. Enjoy the video and practice your stalking it’s a great way to slow down and relax.
This is a documentary film made in 1989 of the advanced standard class at The Tracker School. The mood is very different from ours today. Pay attention to the language and music, it all seems laid back until Tom begins to prepare everyone for the work ahead.
The individuals highlighted are relaxed as they talk about what brought them to the school and what they’re getting out of the experience. The black violinist was especially interesting because of his color and vocation. There’s a German, librarian, scuba diving instructor, and my friend Vin is in it too!
The location, the Pine Barrens, is lush and inviting. However, the real star is Tom and all the things he steers you into accomplishing out in the woods with strangers that become helpers and sometimes friends.
We have a guest blogger this week. Natanya Reyes is an academic librarian, writer and editor. She is reviewing an interesting book for those of you who like to hunt and cook your own game. Happy cooking.
A Hunter’s Step-By-Step guide to Cooking Game, by Robert Cuthbert and Jake Eastham, has more than 75 recipes by Andy Parle. It features magnificent recipes such as “German-style Roast Goose” made with prunes and wine; “Turkey Saltimbocca in the Field”; “Moroccan Pigeon Pie” and “Boar and Rosemary Kebabs in the Field”. Another collaborator is Ray Smith, butcher.
The book’s 256 pages are divided in six sections containing more than 1,000 photographs. The first section is a twenty pages introduction containing hunting history, its methods, and information regarding butcher’s equipment. The next five sections are about different kinds of wild animals; each one begins with plucking or preparing methods and ends with recipes for cook that particular kind of animal. These recipes are either to cook the animal in the field, or to more fancy cooking in a proper kitchen. A table of contents and an extensive index makes it easy to find information about specific topics.
A useful feature of this book, for those interested seriously in cooking game, is an address list of selected butcher’s suppliers, game dealers and specialist butchers in UK, Canada, US, Europe and Australia, from the year 2011.
Either if you are a hunter or feel fascinated with the flavor of game meat, A Hunter’s Step-By-Step guide to Cooking Game is a valuable guide. In these times, when people are searching for non- GMO alternatives in their diets, and are approaching nature with new sets of ethical standards, game meat is an alternative to explore. Respect the hunting season laws of your country…and Bon Appetite!
Well, this Sunday we had a great time at our first meet up of the year at Scout Park in Temple Terrace. We found some fantastic tracks in a transition area and began to decipher the story the animal tracks told. There were several animals represented and what happened seemed to reveal itself quickly in the prints. There was some running, chasing, hiding and lots more. Then we walk down the trail and found some trees to use as meditation partners. The morning ended with some sharing and plans to meet up next Sunday at 11 a.m. At Scout Park.
Our Florida tracker club took to the water and went kayaking on the Crystal River. Then walked along Dead Creek for a quick hike that took us tracking for animals and exploring the wilderness. We came across several bobcat, coyote, boar, and raccoon tracks. The highlight was a bird of prey’s kill site.
Every month a group of trackers get together in Florida and enjoy the richness of Mother Nature. Here is a brief look at our latest swamp crawl. We could have walked but chose to crawl and be eye level with the creatures that live in the swamp.