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Get in touch with your wild side! Primitive living isn't a chore - it's a way of learning about nature by participating in it.


Participating in Nature - Wilderness Survival and Primitive Living Skills

By Thomas J. Elpel, 202 pages

Formerly known as Thomas J. Elpel's Field Guide to Primitive Living Skills, this guide gives you a direct, hands-on experience of the world around you. With this book you have the opportunity to discover the thrill of staying warm and comfortable, even without a blanket! Experience the magic of starting a fire by friction. Butcher your own deer and braintan its hide to make warm buckskin clothing. Learn about edible plants of the Rocky Mountain region, plus processing techniques and "primitive gourmet" skills like making wild strawberry ashcake pies or stir-fry cooking without a pan.

Get in touch with your wild side! Primitive living is a way of learning about nature by participating in it. Instead of merely camping in the wilderness or passing through it, you can become part of the process. You learn about nature by using it to meet your needs for shelter, fire, water, and food. You set aside the trappings of modern culture and step directly into nature with little or nothing, to experience nature on its own terms.

Now in its 6th edition, Participating in Nature includes dozens of innovative skills and an incredible 350 pictures and illustrations, plus a thoughtful philosophy. Author Thomas Elpel does extensive experiential research and places an emphasis on publishing new information that is not found in any other source.

Printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper, bleached without chlorine. Everything but the cover is printed with soy based inks.

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