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 traditional dandelion greens recipe is by far the best way I've found to enjoy this nutritious green. Dandelions are everywhere. They are in yards, parks, abandoned lots, and nearly everywhere you look. Unbeknownst to most, dandelions are not a native species to North America. Nope. The yard invaders trace their roots (pun intended) to Eurasia. … Continue reading Give this Traditional Dandelion Greens Recipe a Try this Spring
There are lots of reasons to start making your own archery gear. Making a primitive quiver is a great place to start. Primitive means first, not worst. I first heard this statement as I was just getting my feet wet with primitive skills. As I've learned more and more, this statement has become more and … Continue reading Why to Craft a Do-It-Yourself Primitive Arrow Quiver
In a land that may seem bleak, knowing the uses of soapweed yucca is a must. One of the most alluring aspects of learning about skills of the past is the new perspective you develop about the world. You'll see things you never saw before, and begin to see abundance where you once saw only … Continue reading 4 Uses of Soapweed Yucca, a Blessing on the Plains
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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How many uses of cattail are you utilizing? How many more are there? It goes by the scientific name Typha domingensis. It has been called "the Supermarket of the Swamp" by some. One boy scout motto is, "You name it and we'll make it from cattail". You've probably gotten your hands on them before. They … Continue reading 8 Uses of Cattail From Hunting to Dinner Plate