Calling up the Flame: the art of fire-creation,
pyre-building, wood selection, being match-savvy, sustaining
a fire, fire-by-friction using the hand-drill, bow-drill, and
fire-saw; and Feeding the Spirit: storytelling and ceremony.
Over 100 original hands-on activities; 309 illustrations.
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 life-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 here.
Library of Congress Control Number
Teaching Methods & Materials/General
REF031000 REFERENCE/Survival & Emergency Preparedness
OCC000000 BODY, MIND & SPIRIT/General
SPO009000 SPORTS & RECREATION/Camping
Illustrations by Mark Warren.
Photographs by Bard Wrisley, Adam Nash, Betty Litsey, and Susan
The content of the lessons in these books,
and the classes that Mark teaches for my students is deeply rooted
in a lifetime of experience. My students continually report that
Mark's classes were some of the most meaningful experiences they
have had in college, and the relevancy of the lessons has proven
to be invaluable in their personal and professional lives.
~ Rob Dussler, Ph.D.,
Professor of Outdoor Leadership, Young Harris College, GA
Mark weaves together practical, easy-to-follow
instructions with the rich history of local geography and the
earliest inhabitants of the land.
~ Becca Fernandez, Montessori
teacher, Decatur, GA
The knowledge gleaned from Mark's top notch
training has assisted me in serving at-risk youth in Utah, teaching
bushcraft skills in Tennessee, and trekking as a bear guide in
Alaska. I am eternally thankful for my time spent learning the
inner mysteries of the forest with him!
~ John Gentry, Wilderness
Educator, Robbins, TN
About the Author:
Mark Warren lives with his wife Susan in the mountains of north
Georgia at his school, Medicine Bow. He has taught youth and
adult classes in survival skills for 45 years, telling stories
and presenting ceremonies around campfires to students aged seven
to eighty-seven. In addition to the Secrets of the Forest series,
he is the author of Two Winters in a Tipi (Lyons Press,
2012) and Adobe Moon (Five Star Publishing, 2017.)
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