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Primitive Wilderness Living & Survival Skills: Naked into the Wilderness Paperback – January 1, 1993
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"This is without doubt the best training guide for real primitive living skills" -- Museum of the Fur Trade Quarterly
About the Author
John & Geri McPherson are leaders in the field of primitive technology.They are not "arm chair" primitives but daily practitioners.If they are not "doing", they are gathering materials/learning/researching or teaching primitive skills. This is not a "job" to them.....they live it. This vast experience is reflected in their teachings. They are in their fourth year of teaching these same skills to the U.S. Army Special Operations S.E.R.E. Survival Instructors.
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The book contains 10 well developed chapters that will get you well on your way to being able to "live off the land." The topics covered in this book are as follows: tanning deer skins, making fire, cordage, making a bow and arrows, making traps, meat preservation, primitive cooking methods, field dressing and butchering a deer, container making (baskets and pottery), making tools, and making shelters.
Most of these topics are covered in amazing detail with plenty of photographs. The McPhersons do an excellent job of explaining the topics so that even people with no outdoor experience could perform the task almost immediately. The only exception I found was the chapter on making baskets. Even though I read the chapter several times, I do not feel I could not weave a basket (in all do fairness, it may be easier when I actually attempt the task).
I can not stress enough how easy this book makes a seemingly impossible task for people who lack the basic knowledge of wilderness survival skills. The McPhersons don't just give you the instructions, they also explain the physics or logic behind what they are writing about. I recommend this book to anyone who needs/wants a firm foundation in basic survival skills.
I really enjoyed this book because of my interest not only in Native American culture but also in the Neanderthals, early man and the Ice Age. Mr. McPherson not only talks about how to do something, but deals with the materials available, how the weapons and tools work and even gives you information on other methods of doing the same thing. But what he shows you in the book works because HE HAS DONE IT.
I don't suggest giving it to young kids - Mr. McPherson makes it so easy to start fires and set traps. Hehe! Over 400 pages with tons of details and LOTS of great photos.
A good read for anyone who is interested in crafting useful and intelligent resources from nature.
A mix of wildnerness survival and primitive living worth reading.
Tons of photographs, few hand drawings (only when essential) and the passion for wilderness skills is obvious and contagious!