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November 2021

Plaited Basketry with Birch Bark

By |2021-11-27T15:26:58+01:0027-11-2021|

This is a very detailed and well-researched book. It begins with a chapter on the history of birch bark basketry, predominantly centered around Russia, and follows with instructions on how to harvest birch bark before moving into basket patterns. They’re not quite the same as typical reed baskets, though. There are patterns for shoes, bottles, and various containers. Occasionally a bit of woodworking knowledge comes in handy. But overall, the detailed steps include clear photographs that would come in handy if someone wanted to make any of the items in the book.

May 2020

Primitive Technology II: Ancestral Skills

By |2020-05-31T14:43:04+02:0031-05-2020|

The Stone Age is the common denominator of mankind, and through experimental archeologythe relearning and replication of ancient skillswe take a step of discovery and understanding into this rich past. In this collection, drawn from the pages of the Bulletin of Primitive Technology, learn to create tools to fabricate more complex technologies; master the arts of the bow and arrow; build a shelter or fashion clothing from fibers or buckskin.

Primitive Technology: A Book of Earth Skills

By |2020-05-31T11:06:08+02:0022-05-2020|

Primitive Technology: A Book of Earth Skills is a sharing of ideas--the philosophies, the history, and the personal stories by the authorities on primitive technology from teh pages of The Bulletin of Primitive Technology. Included are instructions for creating fire and tools of wood, stone, and bone, as well as fiber adhesives, projectiles, art, and music. Practicing these primitive methods will lead the seeker towards a tangible, raw connection with the ancient past, with nature's resources and, ultimately, with the creative forces that constructed the foundation of man's survival on the planet.

Coyote Wisdom: Healing Power in Native American Stories

By |2020-05-22T13:21:39+02:0022-05-2020|

An in-depth look at the therapeutic and transformative powers of storytelling in Native American and other cultures- Explores how to create a healing state of mind using stories- Includes healing stories from Native American traditions and other cultures from around the world- By the author of the bestselling "Coyote Medicine"Stories are powerful sources of meaning that shape and transform our lives. We tell stories to track our process of personal and spiritual growth and to honor and respect the journeys we have made. Through stories we are provided with experiences of spiritual empowerment that can lead to transformation.In "Coyote Wisdom, " Lewis Mehl-Madrona explores the healing use of stories passed down from generation to generation in Native American culture and describes how we can apply this wisdom to empower and transform our own lives. A storytelling approach to transformation starts with how we were created and how we can re-create ourselves through the stories we tell. As we explore the archetypal characters and situations that populate the inner world of our stories, we can experience breakthroughs of healing and even miracles of transformation.This approach to healing through stories runs counter to the current model of modern psychology. The stories we tell about ourselves may model our lives, but by introducing new characters and plots, we can come to see ourselves in a new way. The author also draws upon the cultures of other indigenous peoples--the Maori, East Africans, Mongolians, Aborigines, and Laplanders--to illustrate the healing use of stories throughout the world.

Seven Arrows

By |2020-05-22T12:57:42+02:0022-05-2020|

Seven Arrows is in many ways a monumental book. In addition to an understandable explanation of the workings of Medicine Wheels, it contains beautiful old Native American narratives. These are increased with a lot of speed, excitement, humour and insight. Seven Arrows is the first book to reveal the deep knowledge of the Medicine Wheel; The spiritual discipline and earth science that reflects the design and balance of a living universe.