Projectiles: the art of archery, making bows
and arrows, blowgun and sling; throwing spear, atlatl, knife,
and tomahawk. The Blessed Path of Water: whitewater canoeing,
from lake training to river rapids. Over 200 original hands-on
activities; 264 illustrations.
Library of Congress Control Number:
EDU 029000 EDUCATION/teaching methods and material
SPO 009000 SPORTS & RECREATION/camping
NAT 037000 NATURE/ animals/wildlife
SPO 022000 SPORTS & RECREATION/hunting
Photography: by Betty Litsey,
Dan McMahill, Bard Wrisley, Brad David, Hugh Norris, Vered Kleinberger,
and Susan Warren.
Illustrations by Mark Warren.
Type and Design by Karen Stone
Is This Book for You?
- If you are a student of Nature
on the quest to master the ancient survival skills of the Native
Americans, this series of books is your step-by-step guide.
- If you are a teacher who understands
the value of experiential education for your students or scouts
or outing club, your lesson plans lie within these covers.
- If you are a hiker who wants
to carry less gear and become more self-reliant by using what
the forest has to offer, these pages will lighten your load.
- If you are an employee at an
outdoor venue (private, state or national park; summer camp;
Nature center; river, trail, or hunting guide) and you crave
more knowledge of your natural surroundings for the sake of teaching
clients, your schooling begins here.
- If you yearn for that intimate
relationship that the Native Americans enjoyed with Nature -
to transcend from visitor to participant in the forest, that
changing journey begins here.
- And especially if you are a
parent who seeks the practical and spiritual grounding for your
child that comes from time spent in the workshop of Nature, these
pages are stepping stones on a pathway of adventures that you
and your child can walk together. Quality family time, being
at home in Nature, learning the most fundamental skills that
humans were meant to use on this planet
you'll find that
About the Author
Mark Warren was the 1998 U.S.
Whitewater Champion in slalom and wildwater combined. In 1999
he won the World Longbow Championship. In addition to the Secrets
of the Forest series, he is the author of Two Winters
in a Tipi (Lyons Press, 2012), and from Five Star Publishing:
Adobe Moon (2017), Born to the Badge (2018), and
Promised Land (2019). Mark lives with his wife, Susan,
in the mountains of north Georgia.
PART 1: The Art of Archery & Other Projectiles
1: Rock and a Soft Place ~ the sling
2: A Pointed Stick ~ the spear
3: The Super-thrust Spear ~ the atlatl
4: A Bent Stick and a String ~ bow-making
5:A Feathered Stick ~ arrow-making
6: Choosing Your Teaching Tools ~ archery equipment
7: Preparing to be an Archer ~ slipping into the mantle of grace
8: Shooting the Bow ~ the first shots
9: The Art of Archery ~ perfecting shooting the bow
10:The Fine Points of Shooting ~ and the second dimension of
11:At Play in the Fields of the Archer ~ games with bow and arrow
12: Slinging Steel ~ knife & tomahawk throwing
13: First Man Makes the Blowgun ~ making the blowgun and dart
PART 2: The Blessed Path of Water
14: Headwaters ~ lessons of the creek
15: Walking on Water ~ on the lake
16: Taming the Canoe ~ strokes
17: A Dance on Water ~ moving across the glassy surface with
18: Within the Whisper of the River ~ lessons in the sand and
in the shallows
19: On the River's Back ~ the never-ending current
20: Discretion ~ keeping the journey safe
21: Now Let There Be Otters ~ advanced maneuvers, at play on
22: Reading the River ~ pathfinding on water
Epilogue: Twice in a Lifetime
- What readers are saying
- Through Mark Warren's Secrets of the
Forest, educators, leaders, stewards, interpreters, and students
of nature have access to his spirit, insight, and generosity.
These [books] are a "must-have" for anyone wanting
to inspire, and to be inspired by, ancient wisdom and knowledge
based in a deep reverence for the Earth.
Joseph A. Pate, PhD Department
Chair - Outdoor Leadership
Professor, Young Harris College
- Whether in person or book, Mark Warren
is a brilliant treasure trove of lost knowledge. Secrets of the
Forest is a must-read collection of [his] lifelong quest to part
the veil of time and give us a glimpse into ancestral skills
and earth lore. Our students love the detailed, hands-on lessons!
Todd Walker, outdoor educator
and author of blog post, Survival
- Mark Warren is an authentic educator who
links his vast knowledge of plants and animals to skills necessary
for survival, a combination that creates an active and exciting
experience for children and adults. The series has begun to take
our school in directions we never imagined possible.
O.J. Morgan, Head of School
at The Bright School,
Inc., 100 Clegg St., Signal Mountain, TN 37377 423-886-2721 888-222-8228
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