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!
By Natanya Reyes
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.
Chris talks about bird calls on one of our tracker club outings. He explains what we trackers call “the language of birds.” Thanks to Jon Young for creating this teaching. Enjoy.
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.
The Tracker School is in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey.
I remember writing a report about the Pine Barrens when I was in elementary school. The plant life was astonishing! There are some that blow up, others that eat insects and the soil is sand. It is an extraordinary place.
Well that’s where I go to school to learn about healing and living on the land. I know several edible plants, what wood is best for bow drill and how to make a primitive weapons. The land is unique.
Here are some facts about the Pine Barrens.
The Pine Barrens, also known as the Pinelands, is an enormous and all-encompassing tract of open space that covers 1.1 million acres, or 22 percent of New Jersey’s land area.
“The Pine Barrens, also known as the Pinelands, is a heavily forested area of coastal plain stretching across southern New Jersey. The name “pine barrens” refers to the area’s sandy, acidic, nutrient-poor soil, to which the crops originally imported by European settlers didn’t take well. These uncommon conditions enable the Pine Barrens to support a unique and diverse spectrum of plant life, including orchids and carnivorous plants. The area is also notable for its populations of rare pygmy Pitch Pines and other plant species that depend on the frequent fires of the Pine Barrens to reproduce. The sand that composes much of the area’s soil is referred to by the locals as sugar sand.”