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Samara holding a chub, aka fallfish, that she caught. 😀 As our connection to place strengthens, Samara’s does too. We teach her the names of whose surrounding her and the way to be with these creatures. 🐟 Without this knowledge of whose here, this may just end up generic space to her. When we don’t know whose who, we find someone who can help us identify the life around us. This way, the life may become familiar to our children and this space becomes place and eventually, home. 🌎
Samara holding a chub, aka fallfish, that she caught. 😀 As our connection to place strengthens, Samara’s does too. We teach her the names of whose surrounding her and the way to be with these creatures. 🐟 Without this knowledge of whose here, this may just end up generic space to her. When we don’t know whose who, we find someone who can help us identify the life around us. This way, the life may become familiar to our children and this space becomes place and eventually, home. 🌎
The Recovering Ancestral Skills class was “rejuvenating” in the words of one student during our closing gratitude circle! 🙏 We learned of dead fall traps, hemlock bark basketry, friction fire, mushrooms, plants, stalking, awareness, and cordage among other topics covered. 🍄🔥 Things also got weird in the forest with bandanas for a brief moment. 😉 @primaldoc immediately knew during this awareness exercise when the camera was pointed on her! And we won’t forget our game of hide and seek! 🙈 We are so grateful for all of the students who came—you all are so inspiring and energizing for us. Come back soon. 🦅
The Recovering Ancestral Skills class was “rejuvenating” in the words of one student during our closing gratitude circle! 🙏 We learned of dead fall traps, hemlock bark basketry, friction fire, mushrooms, plants, stalking, awareness, and cordage among other topics covered. 🍄🔥 Things also got weird in the forest with bandanas for a brief moment. 😉 @primaldoc immediately knew during this awareness exercise when the camera was pointed on her! And we won’t forget our game of hide and seek! 🙈 We are so grateful for all of the students who came—you all are so inspiring and energizing for us. Come back soon. 🦅
Shelter building at Arthur’s Ancestral Skills class this weekend! 👍
Shelter building at Arthur’s Ancestral Skills class this weekend! 👍
Choke cherry (Prunus virginiana)! 🍒This is an underutilized wild food!  We’ve heard some are a bit weary of the seeds. However, we either eat the fruit and spit out the seed or we pound the seeds and flesh which we then dry in the sun on a cookie sheet.  And no surprise here—the consumption of the seeds in the dried fruit provides abundant vitamin E and essential fatty acids, all of which we miss out on in our seed-phobic society. 😣 Dried chokecherry was and still is prepared this way and eaten by the Cheyenne, Crow, Dakota, Iroquois, Montana Indian, Omaha, Pawnee, and Ponca among others. So, don’t be worried over those seeds and remember—there is a substantial body of evidence that wild plants are usually more nutritious than their cultivated counterparts! 💪
Choke cherry (Prunus virginiana)! 🍒This is an underutilized wild food! We’ve heard some are a bit weary of the seeds. However, we either eat the fruit and spit out the seed or we pound the seeds and flesh which we then dry in the sun on a cookie sheet. And no surprise here—the consumption of the seeds in the dried fruit provides abundant vitamin E and essential fatty acids, all of which we miss out on in our seed-phobic society. 😣 Dried chokecherry was and still is prepared this way and eaten by the Cheyenne, Crow, Dakota, Iroquois, Montana Indian, Omaha, Pawnee, and Ponca among others. So, don’t be worried over those seeds and remember—there is a substantial body of evidence that wild plants are usually more nutritious than their cultivated counterparts! 💪
Anyone else making some wild berry jams? Velvet leaf blueberries (from an hour away), wild blackberries (from the land here), and maple syrup (from the maples here) for a fully wild yummy treat. 😋And looks like a bunchberry accidentally slipped in here!🤪 This jam is going on acorn pancakes tomorrow morning!🥞 #wildfood #ratherhuntgather #maine #berries #wildjam #wild #blueberries
Anyone else making some wild berry jams? Velvet leaf blueberries (from an hour away), wild blackberries (from the land here), and maple syrup (from the maples here) for a fully wild yummy treat. 😋And looks like a bunchberry accidentally slipped in here!🤪 This jam is going on acorn pancakes tomorrow morning!🥞 #wildfood  #ratherhuntgather  #maine  #berries  #wildjam  #wild  #blueberries 
Narrow-leaved fireweed (Chamaenerion angustifolium)! A true healer plant.🙌In a study that examined more than 300 species in the Great Lakes region, this plant was one of the most potent antimicrobial plants! 😯 The Bella Coola, Chippewa, Menominee, Ojibwa, Thompson, and Woodlands Cree Native Americans all used this plant as a dermatological aid. It even has documented activity against Candida albicans & can be used to treat yeast infections. I (Sara) have used this plant to soothe inflammation in my gut after eating something I was sensitive to.🤦‍♀️ When we use herbal medicine, we keep our planet and her waters healthy and alive.🌎 And when we receive our medicine from the land rather than the pharmacy, we fight to protect wild lands. And this native bumblebee may appreciate the effort! 🐝#conservationthroughuse 
Read more about narrow-leaved fireweed in our community’s plant book, Ancestral Plants Volume 1 (available as an e-book)!🤓
Link in bio!🌱
Narrow-leaved fireweed (Chamaenerion angustifolium)! A true healer plant.🙌In a study that examined more than 300 species in the Great Lakes region, this plant was one of the most potent antimicrobial plants! 😯 The Bella Coola, Chippewa, Menominee, Ojibwa, Thompson, and Woodlands Cree Native Americans all used this plant as a dermatological aid. It even has documented activity against Candida albicans & can be used to treat yeast infections. I (Sara) have used this plant to soothe inflammation in my gut after eating something I was sensitive to.🤦‍♀️ When we use herbal medicine, we keep our planet and her waters healthy and alive.🌎 And when we receive our medicine from the land rather than the pharmacy, we fight to protect wild lands. And this native bumblebee may appreciate the effort! 🐝#conservationthroughuse  Read more about narrow-leaved fireweed in our community’s plant book, Ancestral Plants Volume 1 (available as an e-book)!🤓 Link in bio!🌱
Some classes from the Dawnland Gathering—Discussion of Wild Rice in Maine led by Arthur, Olympic Archery Tricks by @wildwoodpath, and Hide Tanning with Josh! 😀 We’re already excited for next year!🌞 What classes do you want to see on the schedule for 2019?
Some classes from the Dawnland Gathering—Discussion of Wild Rice in Maine led by Arthur, Olympic Archery Tricks by @wildwoodpath, and Hide Tanning with Josh! 😀 We’re already excited for next year!🌞 What classes do you want to see on the schedule for 2019?
Many people eat animals shielded from the animal’s death, let alone the skinning and the butchering. Because of this disconnection, we sometimes have an image of slaughter that is barbaric and cruel. The slaughter of this sheep at the Dawnland Gathering was infused with ceremony from the beginning. 🙌 Gloria, whose been witnessing the butchering of animals since her childhood, smudged all who came to participate. For some people this was the first time they ever saw the death of an animal that they later on consumed. We ate this sheep at our final meal after singing our gratitude to him. Perhaps the closer we are to the deaths that we cause, the more meaning our mysterious lives will have. Because without death, there is no life.💫 Thank you, sheep, for yours. 🐏 @nezinscotfarm
Many people eat animals shielded from the animal’s death, let alone the skinning and the butchering. Because of this disconnection, we sometimes have an image of slaughter that is barbaric and cruel. The slaughter of this sheep at the Dawnland Gathering was infused with ceremony from the beginning. 🙌 Gloria, whose been witnessing the butchering of animals since her childhood, smudged all who came to participate. For some people this was the first time they ever saw the death of an animal that they later on consumed. We ate this sheep at our final meal after singing our gratitude to him. Perhaps the closer we are to the deaths that we cause, the more meaning our mysterious lives will have. Because without death, there is no life.💫 Thank you, sheep, for yours. 🐏 @nezinscotfarm
Who remembers the best drum circle of my life?!🥁Led by @bfinnmusic! We have to do this again next year! Oh, and thank you @the_heathen_family—it was a perfect time to rap and get down low with the ground cover.😁
Who remembers the best drum circle of my life?!🥁Led by @bfinnmusic! We have to do this again next year! Oh, and thank you @the_heathen_family—it was a perfect time to rap and get down low with the ground cover.😁
We are so grateful for everyone who came out to learn what we call ‘primitive skills’—our ancestors’ ways of interacting sustainably and healthily with the planet.🌎 We are in awe of the generosity of the instructors who shared their learnings— @wildwoodpath @me_primitive_skills @wilderbabekate @primitim to name a few! And @nezinscotfarm for providing us access to the land for us to gather on. We’ll be posting more photos over the next few weeks! Gods willing, we’ll gather here again next year.🌞
We are so grateful for everyone who came out to learn what we call ‘primitive skills’—our ancestors’ ways of interacting sustainably and healthily with the planet.🌎 We are in awe of the generosity of the instructors who shared their learnings— @wildwoodpath @me_primitive_skills @wilderbabekate @primitim to name a few! And @nezinscotfarm for providing us access to the land for us to gather on. We’ll be posting more photos over the next few weeks! Gods willing, we’ll gather here again next year.🌞
Having fun softening hides at the Dawnland Gathering😯
Having fun softening hides at the Dawnland Gathering😯
The Dawnland Gathering has officially begun! 🌞Thank you to @portlandfoodcoop for the welcoming snacks! And @nezinscotfarm for the wonderful space to gather! Let the festivities begin 😀
The Dawnland Gathering has officially begun! 🌞Thank you to @portlandfoodcoop for the welcoming snacks! And @nezinscotfarm for the wonderful space to gather! Let the festivities begin 😀
Come and get your buckskin bracelet on at the Dawnland Gathering!🦌 They’ll be waiting for you at the registration table, Thursday afternoon.🌞
Come and get your buckskin bracelet on at the Dawnland Gathering!🦌 They’ll be waiting for you at the registration table, Thursday afternoon.🌞
Greetings and an announcement from the south basin of Katahdin—tomorrow is the last day to register for the Dawnland Gathering! 🌞 The past few days, Arthur and I (Sara) have been in Baxter State Park looking for and learning about rare plant species, some of whom only grow here! 🌼 Heading home now to prepare for the gathering. See you all in a few days! 👋
Greetings and an announcement from the south basin of Katahdin—tomorrow is the last day to register for the Dawnland Gathering! 🌞 The past few days, Arthur and I (Sara) have been in Baxter State Park looking for and learning about rare plant species, some of whom only grow here! 🌼 Heading home now to prepare for the gathering. See you all in a few days! 👋
Meet Arthur Haines! Arthur, author of A New Path and Ancestral Plants, is a research botanist at @newenglandwildflowersociety and runs the Delta Institute of Natural History, a school offering classes in foraging, plant taxonomy, and ancestral skills.🌿🍃 He is also a member of Wilder Waters Community and on the board for our community’s nonprofit.📝At the gathering, Arthur will be leading a plant walk and facilitating some archery games.🏹 He will also be leading a discussion on the status of harvesting wild rice in Maine while demonstrating how to winnow rice. 🍚 AND he is doing wild food talk on Friday night!🍇 Come hang out with Arthur at the Dawnland Gathering!🌞
Meet Arthur Haines! Arthur, author of A New Path and Ancestral Plants, is a research botanist at @newenglandwildflowersociety and runs the Delta Institute of Natural History, a school offering classes in foraging, plant taxonomy, and ancestral skills.🌿🍃 He is also a member of Wilder Waters Community and on the board for our community’s nonprofit.📝At the gathering, Arthur will be leading a plant walk and facilitating some archery games.🏹 He will also be leading a discussion on the status of harvesting wild rice in Maine while demonstrating how to winnow rice. 🍚 AND he is doing wild food talk on Friday night!🍇 Come hang out with Arthur at the Dawnland Gathering!🌞
Meet Josh Worthington! Josh will be our hide tanner for the weekend! This here is a doeskin Josh tanned and dyed with tea bags.🦌At the gathering, Josh will walk students through the tanning process of deer hides, a sheep hide from our Thursday night slaughter, and even squirrel hides.🐑 Josh doesn’t have any social media to link to so you’ll have to just come hang out with him at the Dawnland Gathering!🌞
Meet Josh Worthington! Josh will be our hide tanner for the weekend! This here is a doeskin Josh tanned and dyed with tea bags.🦌At the gathering, Josh will walk students through the tanning process of deer hides, a sheep hide from our Thursday night slaughter, and even squirrel hides.🐑 Josh doesn’t have any social media to link to so you’ll have to just come hang out with him at the Dawnland Gathering!🌞
Meet Marie Somers! Marie is a mother of five children & five grandchildren.💃 She is a Naturopathic Doctor specializing in Homeopathy. She is an RN, a Certified Polarity Therapist, has a master’s in Herbology, is a certified equine psychotherapist, and is a doTERRA Wellness Advocate.🌱🐴 She has been a midwife and child birth instructor. WOW! This woman is accomplished!🤩 She also makes soap and will be doing an organic soap making class at the gathering at 1PM on Friday! Students will go home with 12 bars of organically made soap! There will be a small materials fee for this class so bring cash.💸 Come make soap with Marie at the Dawnland Gathering! 🌞
Meet Marie Somers! Marie is a mother of five children & five grandchildren.💃 She is a Naturopathic Doctor specializing in Homeopathy. She is an RN, a Certified Polarity Therapist, has a master’s in Herbology, is a certified equine psychotherapist, and is a doTERRA Wellness Advocate.🌱🐴 She has been a midwife and child birth instructor. WOW! This woman is accomplished!🤩 She also makes soap and will be doing an organic soap making class at the gathering at 1PM on Friday! Students will go home with 12 bars of organically made soap! There will be a small materials fee for this class so bring cash.💸 Come make soap with Marie at the Dawnland Gathering! 🌞
Meet Michael Douglas! Mike is the Director of the Maine Primitive Skills School, a learning facility providing instruction in primitive skills, bushcraft, wilderness survival, self reliance, permaculture design, and outdoor education. 🚣🏼‍♀️🏕Mike will be teaching bow drill friction fire basics on Friday.🔥 He will also be leading an awareness and tracking class on Saturday at 1PM. 🐾 Come make fire with @me_primitive_skills at the Dawnland Gathering!🌞
Meet Michael Douglas! Mike is the Director of the Maine Primitive Skills School, a learning facility providing instruction in primitive skills, bushcraft, wilderness survival, self reliance, permaculture design, and outdoor education. 🚣🏼‍♀️🏕Mike will be teaching bow drill friction fire basics on Friday.🔥 He will also be leading an awareness and tracking class on Saturday at 1PM. 🐾 Come make fire with @me_primitive_skills at the Dawnland Gathering!🌞