I really like your point here. I have been learning (mostly through collecting a very large and expensive volume of books) about all of the things you just mentioned. I have books on everything from abenaki language dictionaries and grammar to wilderness survival, homesteading, traditional handmade weapons and tools, hunting and tracking, tanning hides, leatherwork, beading, collecting wild foods, herbology, how to make just about anything you would buy in a grocery store at home, including soaps, shampoos, cleaning products, pet products, also, pioneer skills, gardening, sewing, embroidery, beaded embroidery, canning, cooking, etc. I do this not only because I want to preserve my culture, but also, it gives me alot of independence from the current system, which is too expensive for most of us to obtain everything we need from it. The more you can make yourself, and gather from the earth yourself, the less money you need.
Friday, July 29, 2011 - 16:03