If you've ever wondered what wild food the mountain men ate, you'll surely appreciate this list from Rufus Sage's journal. Food in America today is atypical from its historical place in people's lives. Very few people reading this, if any, will wake up and ask the question, "Will I eat today?" Most folks will wake … Continue reading 28 Wild Foods Eaten By Mountain Man Rufus Sage
This Steve Watts demonstration of how to make a bow drill fire showcases the expertise he held in his field. Those of us interested in primitive skills live in a pretty cool time. I remember being a kid and being interested in things like friction fire and bows and arrows, but there didn't seem to … Continue reading Watch Legendary Steve Watts Make a Bow Drill From Scratch in this Classic Video
Rufus Sage, a bonafide mountain man, felt strongly about a Roman colony in America. Does his argument persuade you? Prehistory, or history before it was written down, is mysterious stuff. All we can definitively know is what we can find and prove. Sure there are lots of interesting theories out there, but unless you have … Continue reading Did the Romans Colonize America? One Mountain Man Thought so.
This mountain man poem opens a window to the heart and mind of someone who lived the life of a mountaineer. Primary sources are invaluable for learning about the past. From them, we can learn about the past most accurately and get a real sense of a time period. Journals, newspapers, artifacts, and photos all … Continue reading Rufus Sage’s Authentic Mountain Man Poem Opens a Window to the Past.
According to Rufus Sage, Scottsbluff, Nebraska was heaven on earth in 1841. Do you ever find yourself gazing at our Nebraska prairies, dreaming of what they looked like in the days of old? Before civilization, before telephone poles, and before fences, what was it all like? For some of us, that dreaming is near constant. … Continue reading Scottsbluff Circa 1841 was God’s Country.
While reading a classic Mari Sandoz book, I came across a frontier whiskey recipe that was too intriguing to pass up. For good or bad, alcohol plays a substantial role in American history and culture. When Europeans first colonized Jamestown they were carrying a good deal of beer with them when they landed. It should … Continue reading Frontier Whiskey Recipe…You Don’t Want to Try This Stuff
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A recent overnight gave me the opportunity to experiment with a primitive shelter in mildly cold weather. The results were eye opening. Time sure does fly. Days that seemed endless as a boy, now slip by in the blink of an eye. Weeks slide into months, and entire seasons pass by in what seems like … Continue reading Lessons from a Primitive Shelter in February
In case you have ever doubted, the history of dogs proves that canines really are man's best friends. If my 3 year old daughter Tansy could play one game for the rest of her life, at this point it would be "playing dog." Oftentimes when I come home from school, she is crawling around the … Continue reading Man’s Best Friend: A Brief History of Dogs
A recent atlatl course at Revere High School was a real treat to be a part of. It felt a little crazy planning an atlatl course for mid-February in northeast Colorado. What could have gone wrong? Come to think of it, we were statistically more likely to have a snow day than an ideal day for … Continue reading February Atlatl Course Was Stone Age Fun!