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“Tamarack Song’s decades of authentic experience living close to the land and guiding others in their quests for meaningful relationship with the natural world infuse his writing and teaching style. Through the traditional teaching methods of stories and direct personal experience, Entering The Mind of the Tracker creates a tremendous opportunity for anyone interested in exploring humankind’s natural roots. As a professional wildlife tracker, photographer, and outdoor educator, I am grateful for the insight and energy that Tamarack’s stories bring to these endeavors. ” (David Moskowitz, author of Wolves in the Land of Salmon and Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest)

“This book is a tool that will guide and inspire you to gain the experience necessary to improve your tracking ability...By exploring the intricacies of the animal world and learning about the teachings of the forest — its ghosts, the invisible trails — through its myriad of stories, you will come closer to enabling yourself, not only in tracking, but in finding the path to yourself as well.” (Awareness Magazine, July 2013)

“No nature collection should be without this in-depth survey, which focuses on developing intuitive tracking talents. From stories from the trail to applying tracking skills as a metaphor for conscious living, this is an outstanding survey highly recommended for any collection strong in natural history, new age readings, and Native practices, alike!” (Midwest Book Review, July 2013)

“Song describes how to become one with many creatures, and includes tips on demystifying canine tracks whether from coyote, fox, wolf or dog. He also has sound, safe advice for educators, naturalists and tracking instructors. Most of us may never be inclined to track in the wild, but we can apply Song’s intuitive techniques to finding ourselves and our place in nature.” (Nexus Reviews, October 2013)

“Entering the Mind of the Tracker points to the wisdom of asking questions rather than having answers.” (Paul Rezendes, author of The Wild Within and Tracking and the Art of Seeing)

“Real stories from the real world, simple and complex at the same time, and well worth pondering!” (Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and Earth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet)

“Tracking has become a left-brained skill, involving ruler, track analysis, and GPS to know an animal from its tracks. In Entering the Mind of the Tracker, Tamarack Song offers an intuitive, Zen-like alternative, suggesting that we don’t need to learn to track any more than a Wolf needs to be reminded that he is a hunter. Tracking is in our nature. Whether you are an experienced tracker seeking to improve your ability or a novice intimidated by the left-brained science of conventional tracking, this book opens up exciting opportunities to connect with the story of the land.” (Thomas J. Elpel, author of Botany in a Day and founder of Hollowtop Outdoor Primitive School)

Entering the Mind of the Tracker is one of those rare works that captures the essence of nature by exploring its tiniest (and most profound) nuances. Tamarack Song has written what will help achieve one of the most important needs of human beings today--reconnecting with the Earth.” (Les Stroud, star of the hit TV show Survivorman and author of Survive! Essential Skills and Tactics)

“A deeply moving book, wonderfully written; brings home the tremendous beauty of depth perception of the natural world and the exquisite intelligence and sensitivity of our kin--the Wolves. It opens up the possibility for us to read the world around us through the sense perception born within us, and opens up the potential for us to reinhabit the world.” (Stephen Harrod Buhner, author of The Secret Teachings of Plants and Ensouling Language)

Entering the Mind of the Tracker beautifully demonstrates that outdoor skills are best learned through a deep understanding of environment. Tamarack Song imparts knowledge in a way that is both lyrical and philosophical.” (Tristan Gooley, expedition leader, author of The Natural Navigator, and the only living person to ha)

“I couldn’t put this book down. Tamarack is not telling us the mere mundanities of tracking--he’s showing us a complete communication system that is largely unknown to modern man. Beginning trackers and generalists will love this window into the world of hidden knowledge, and experts will find these stories helpful, insightful, inspiring.” (Christopher Nyerges, primitive skills instructor, author of How to Survive Anywhere, and former edit)

“To track is to live the life of the quarry--mentally, spiritually, and physically. Very few trackers ever reach this level of mastery. Entering the Mind of the Tracker will help you discover the salient truths known by those few, like Tamarack, who have shadowed all living things. Here is a window to the beautiful and foundational knowledge provided by a lifetime of tutelage at the feet of Mother Nature.” (Ty Cunningham, founder and tracking historian of the International Society of Professional Trackers)

“When a human being has passion for wild places, / And pauses, comprehending the spaces around, / Then the tiny notice of a bent twig graces / All the story inside that certain spot of ground. / Such is the inner passion of Tamarack Song, / His stories reflecting the seeing parts of his days / That are so large and informing to us who long/For the revelation of observation’s ways.” (Larry Dean Olsen, author of Outdoor Survival Skills, progenitor of wilderness therapy, and founder o)

“He writes like a storyteller, mindful of the pictures which the sound and combinations of his words create. The sounds, smells, and sights of the northern Wisconsin woods come to life as we read. He tells us that tracking is a metaphor for conscious living, and then he shows us what that means. More than just a book, this is a world that readers can disappear into over and over again. ” (Anna Jedrziewski, Inannaworks.com, May 2013)

“In his latest book, Entering the Mind of the Tracker, Tamarack shares an ancient and vital human process. Revealing a rare and outstanding knowledge of—and connection to—place, this personal story can help people in love with tracking gain helpful insight into the world of intuition and the potential for the journey into traditional ecological knowledge.” (Jon Young, founder of Wilderness Awareness School, author of What the Robin Knows and Coyote's Guide)

“Come in from the cold and warm your heart by the fire of tradition. Master tracker and storyteller Tamarack Song shares the stories and wisdom of a life spent in search of the Ancestral Self. It is trailcraft for the soul.” (Steve Watts, Aboriginal Studies Program, Schiele Museum of Natural History; and president of the Soc)

Entering the Mind of the Tracker is a marvelous book written by a master storyteller and tracker. Through its powerful and poignant stories you will feel absorbed in the world and spirit of Nature.” (Joseph Cornell, founder of the Sharing Nature Foundation and author of Sharing Nature with Children)

“Brilliant! So fresh, so enticing, even seasoned trackers will be blown wide open, the novice will be jump-started years ahead, and teachers and guides will rejoice! Tamarack Song melds ancient wisdom with modern knowledge and offers us a fun, full, fantastic learning experience.” (Robin Blankenship, founder of Earth Knack Primitive Skills School and author of Earth Knack: Stone A)

“Through his stories from the trail, Tamarack shows the art of tracking not simply as a skill for hunters and naturalists but as a metaphor for conscious living. By exploring the intricacies of the natural world, we explore not only our connections to the world around us but also our internal landscapes. We learn to better express ourselves and listen, meet our needs, and help others. Intuitive tracking provides a path to finding ourselves, becoming one with all life, and restoring humanity’s place in the Great Hoop of Life.” (Branches of Light, June 2013)

About the Author

Tamarack Song has spent his life studying the world’s aboriginal peoples, apprenticing to Elders, and learning traditional hunter-gatherer survival skills. He has spent years alone in the woods as well as living with a pack of Wolves. In 1987, he founded the Teaching Drum Outdoor School in the wilderness of northern Wisconsin, where he runs the yearlong Wilderness Guide Program.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bear & Company; 1 edition (March 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591431603
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591431602
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tamarack Song was born and raised in east central Wisconsin, and spent his youth learning from the woods, fields, and swamps outside of the "civilized" boundaries of his hometown. Studying wildlife conservation, community design, world cultures, and nonprofit law at various Wisconsin universities, he is the founder of the Teaching Drum Outdoor School. Located in Three Lakes, WI, this school is aimed at bridging the path to the wisdom and lifeway skills of our Native ancestors, and has been featured in National Geographic and on such programs as MTV's Real Life: I'm Living Off The Grid and CBC New's Sunday - Real Survivor. Tamarack is the author of Journey to the Ancestral Self, Whispers of the Ancients, Song of Trusting the Heart, and numerous articles on Native cultures, skills, perspectives, and traditions.


To learn more, visit Tamarack's site at www.tamaracksong.org or the school's at www.teachingdrum.org.

Customer Reviews

This book stands out over any other book on tracking I've read.
Laura
That is what Tamarack Song has discovered about the art of tracking.
Alex Foster
I really could not put this book down and read it straight through.
Earthian

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Laura on March 31, 2013
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I enjoy books on tracking. Paul Rezendes, Charles Worsham, and Tom Brown, Jr., for example, all have books out, that are good. Tracking is what native peoples do, when they aren't able to pursue accounting. It is a fascinating language to learn. This book stands out over any other book on tracking I've read. The stories are beyond anything I've seen before. You really get a handle on tracking, with this book. Well, well worth the read, for me at least. Tracking is a useful metaphor for many things in life. Sun Tzu's the Art of War is read by many non-warriors, as the advice it offers is useful in many other fields. I would rank this book, in its way, with the Sun Tzu Ping Fa, the Art of War, or even Musashi's Book of Five Rings. This is something I expect to read and reread, for pleasure, and for learning. Sublimely excellent.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Thom on March 27, 2013
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It has been a great book to read to understand a new way of tracking, being and listening to nature aswell as it has been a fun reading. I learn well by stories...Sometimes other nature books are very full of facts, but hard to get down to the core of it...This book winds me around on different paths leading me more direct to what I am looking for.
I dont think you have to be a tracker or nature fanatic to love this book, it is inspiring the way it is.
The only book out there on native intuitive tracking that I know of!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By spirited jeff on June 13, 2013
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Want to see the world of nature with new eyes? Are you willing to see with the deeper part of yourself, that part that is at home in the wild? To read this book is to enter a world where nature is our guide. This book is an invitation to embrace the world of nature and spend time there not as an observer, but as an an intergral part of the whole. What quickly caught my attention about Tamarack Song's book, "Entering the Mind of the Tracker" is his willingness to be playful and challenging in order to help us think and feel nature within us. To learn more about Tamarack Song and hear excerpts from the book, visit my one hour interview on planetary-spirit.com and join the journey to explore wild places. The writing is heartfelt and soul deep by someone who has lived it and comes to lend a helping hand for how to approach "reading the stories" offered by the natural world. This is a gift to anyone who spends time outdoors. I challenge you to see the world the same again after reading this book, it simply isn't possible. A real gem, well crafted, and a book you will return to again and again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Susan Miller on July 8, 2013
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I loved this book! It is to Northern Wisconsin what the Sand County Almanac was to South Central Wisconsin or even what Desert Solitaire was to the American desert. Like Aldo Leopold and Edward Abby, Tamarack Song's book imprints a sensibility of the creatures and vistas of the wilderness of Northern Wisconsin. His book teaches one not only how to track but how to get into the mind of the four legged beings who share our topography. This book is not just for trackers but for all lovers of wild places who want to feel a deeper connection. He will teach you to connect not only with your eyes but through all your senses including senses you do not know you have.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Becki L. Tomlinson on July 9, 2014
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I bought this book a good long while ago and finally finished it. I have to say that it wasn't my favorite tracking book. While it had a good amount of wisdom in it, it seemed as if the author is very ego centered. He spent a great deal of time pointing out how slow everyone else was and how wise he is. Often he did not follow his own advice of living in question. Without even looking he knew all the answers and was amused how the other people in his stories didn't. Living in question is the exact opposite of this. It is the ability to say "I don't know" and then following the trail in a question, not with "I know everything without looking."

He also tends to cut down any tracking style other than what he thinks is correct. He states at one time that scientific tracking cannot answer the same questions his intuitive tracking does. Yet the questions he poses can all be answered in the scientific method and be known to be correct instead of just what comes from the imagination. Intuitive tracking has its place and often can help a person out when their scientific tracking skills are not up to the task, but it is not more important nor more correct than scientific tracking.

Also, not all human brains work the same. Talk with an engineer, a sculpture, a Veterinarian with an open mind and you will often see they simply think differently than each other. There is not a wrong way or a right way, we each fill in the holes left by the other way of thinking. We NEED these differences to survive. Mocking these differences shows a lack of understanding. Some people just can not think like an artist, but the way they do think can save lives and create worlds different than the artist's mind can. Not better, not worse, just different.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By PeteB on July 5, 2013
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This book is unique. If it isn't, please post the titles of anything like this, ok? It discusses the behavior of animals in the way they relate to their environment, and how to train people to open up their awareness to this. It is not really a book about tracking, though I think a tracker would find this very useful. If you just want tracking, from a kind of fragmented though still useful approach, The Comprehensive Guide to Tracking: In-depth information on how to track animals and humans alike is very good. Amelia Kinkade's books, such as Straight from the Horse's Mouth: How to Talk to Animals and Get Answers, give hints of tracking animals from inside their perspective. This book really fills that out. I could not put this book down, when I read it, it read as fast as Harry Potter, for me, though it's not as long of course.

There are many good books on tracking. Tracking and the Art of Seeing: How to Read Animal Tracks and Sign, Tracking and Reading Sign: A Guide to Mastering the Original Forensic Science, and Index Tracking: Essential Guide to Trailing Man and Beast are good.
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