Our love and lake trout feed us through the Maine winters.😄🎣💛 We hope you are finding what nourishes you this winter! ❄️😍
Some people harvest their food from lakes and ponds. 🐟 Other animals also feed themselves from the waters. 🦅 How are you protecting your watershed? 💧Are you taking care of your health so you’re not excreting pharmaceuticals? 💪 Are you making an effort to find clothes made of natural materials to prevent shedding plastic (e.g polyester) micro particles all through your watershed? 👗 Do you limit your power usage if your power comes from coal fired power plants so you’re not raining heavy metals across neighboring waters? 💡 How would you feel if someone was polluting where your food comes from? ☹️ We live in a time when our involvement in industry impacts everyone around us so we need to be considerate of the fact that some people don’t derive all of their food from agribusiness. Remember the “Golden Rule” from Kindergarten? ⚜️ We ask you to consider your consequences and have some empathy for these people and nonhuman people who depend on the waters (which, by the way, is every body). 🦊👣🦉
I know it might be weird to post pictures of dead animals but we think it's important for all of us to have a more intimate relationship with our food and the “natural” world. Kci-mihku (gray squirrel) season ends today in Maine. Recently, we battered several gray and red squirrel legs with corn, einkorn, curry, paprika, and salt and fried them in bear fat & lard... it was truly one of our best wild food meals. These squirrels were delicious and likely had a 100% wild food diet, meaning their meat is much healthier for us than meat from the grocery store. We would love to eat them again and because of this, we show them gratitude and protect their habitat.
Who remembers the best drum circle ever (and the heat of summer)? Mark your calendars for this year’s Dawnland Gathering July 25-28, 2019! 🌞 Registration opens in a month(ish). What classes & activities would you like to see offered at Dawnland 2019?
Za making wild elderberry chaga mead! It’s medicinal.😉
Only caught yellow perch Hangin with gray birch organize our plastic Seems so metastatic A tumor on our Mother How could this happen brother? I’d have less doubt Had I just caught trout. 🎤 Inspired by @primitim
Thorne Mountain majesty 🌬
New guided adventures currently being planned! Primitive hunting class🏹, backcountry fishing + foraging expedition🎣, and a special ladies trip coming soon!👯♀️ Once we pass the Maine guide exam... Apparently 65% of first timers fail! So this week, Arthur, Avani, @danielvitalis, and I completed a 4-day guide class with Fins & Furs to increase our chances. 📝 Next, we need to do a First Aid class, study a lot of laws, and become guides! What kind of wilderness experience would you like? 🏕
Wondering about our organization’s mission? Watch Arthur’s “What’s wrong with our conservation paradigm” TEDx Talk! 👏 Link in profile—enjoy! 🎬
The tea of eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)! 🌲This tree is called kuwes (GOO-wehz) by the Passamaquoddy people. Eastern white pine contains proanthocyanidins, powerful antioxidants and potentiators of vitamin C (a potentiator helps small amounts of a substance, this case vitamin C, exert the same effect on the body as higher amounts would). The inner bark possess among the highest levels of these polyphenols in the plant kingdom. 😮 Also, it’s an anti-diabetic! We use a knife to remove the inner bark and infuse the strands into cold water for at least 24 hours to make our signature, “Wilder Water” tea! ☺️ Pine has a plethora of other uses as food, medicine, bandages, cordage, water-tight bark containers, and weaving material among other gifts. Because when we interact deeply with our surrounding plants, we may protect them one day against industry! 👊 Read more about pine in #ancestralplants . PS Both pine bark tea and books make good gifts this time of year! 🎁 Email email@example.com to order Ancestral Plants V2 and receive 20% off!
🚨ARTHUR ALERT🚨 Evidence is mounting (really, has already mounted) that lead bullets contaminate the carcasses of animals shot with them. I'm not discussing bird shot, but bullets used from rifles on terrestrial animals. Research shows that microscopic fragments tear free from the bullet and are found over a large portion of the carcass (i.e., they are not just restricted to the bullet wound). These fragments, which can number in the hundreds, are being passed on to the consumers when they eat the meat and are exposing them to a very toxic metal. It's time for awareness and a change. The entire blog article is available at the link in our profile (and there is nothing to buy, no tracking, no selling your information, it is merely where I post my blogs).
Today, a white-breasted nuthatch flew into our communal house window with a thump. And died. 😯.Without any prompting, Samara broke this bird down into its edible parts—breast meat, heart, and liver (with some guidance from Za). Then, she cooked the tiny bit of meat for her community. I’ve never seen her so fulfilled and proud of something she had done... she was beaming and clapping! 😀This may be graphic or inappropriate to some but this is an essential skill of living on the land to be nourished and sovereign. Thank you, cituwatuweptuhs, for providing this opportunity for the next generation. 🐦
Tune in to Arthur’s TEDx Talk tonight at 6PM live from Hartford, CT! 🤩 Or at least send him groovy vibes. 🌟 Here he is rehearsing. Link in bio.
For those of us willing to endure some winter rain, this is the reward. 😀 We caught this 15-inch brook trout using a metal jig attached with fishing line to a branch of red-hosier dogwood (had to improvise since we weren’t fully prepared for this expedition). Samara here is picking up some roe that fell out of the fish. 🎣 Let the ice fishing season begin!
Wringing out the hide of Arthur’s recent kill, the antlered majesty of the forest. 🦌 Because when we make our clothing from animals, we leave their habitat intact. 👌
The Wild Food Thanksgiving was such a blast... there was only one thing we didn’t do... We did speak gratitude, eat wild food, drink wild drinks, sing of the bounty, sled down snowy hills with tiny children, wonder about how we see water, tell stories around a fire, wish our company farewell... the only thing we didn’t do was take out our phones and snap an Instagram picture. I’m glad we were all so present with each other! 🙂 Thank you all for arriving and bearing all kinds of gifts of the extra nutritious wild food kind variety. 🙏 See you again.
🚨 ARTHUR ALERT 🚨 We vote everyday in this country with our purchases— we decide how clean our land, water, and air will be with the products we buy and how they are manufactured. We decide the next animals who may or may not go extinct with our purchases. 🐼 🦏 When we buy, we decide what chemicals come to be located in our bodies and our children’s bodies—which also influences the illnesses we may experience in our lives. We decide which ethnic groups we support with our purchases and which ones we don’t. We even decide whether women are equal to men with where we purchase our belongings. Just waiting until voting day to vote, you are missing the point & you are missing what really counts—your purchases! We can literally change the world almost overnight with how we vote with our dollars. Every day. Not just on Election Day. 🌏✔️
Today, I’m (Sara) trying my hand at dying with black walnut hull as we are canning deer meat and boiling broth in the kitchen. Mikhù (red squirrel) is very hungry this year because there are barely any acorns, seed cones, or beech nuts on the ground. He even scavenged in my acorn shell stuffed pillow in the car (leading to me later stitching up 6 holes). Mikhù (mee-KOO) sees me shelling my walnuts and he yells over asking for a share. Then, he bounds over to the picnic table—the appropriate food offering place. This is a bit of my offerings to mikhù and to my pillow and maybe to St. Francis. But that’s another story.