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This is a stunning book, full of heart and heart break. It chronicles the life of Nicholas Black Elk during the falling of the Native people. It is so much more than just the telling of this horrible time in our history, but is full of the Vision and spirituality that were born through his struggles. His is an important message for our future.

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These really can be for all ages, but they’re great for kids, either as flashcards or as playing cards that keep the wild plants in front of them. These are a good tool, but not a stand alone field guide. There is limited information on the back of each card and some of the photos are not great for identifying. So they’re good for fun and learning, but should be used with other books for more information. They are the size of a regular deck of cards.

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This is a good companion plant guide, and one that I would probably choose for children. Linda’s style is concise and organized so information is easy to find. It might not be the best for identification, but has information on what and when to harvest and how to prepare and preserve various plants. The book also contains information not always found in plant guides- nutritional information, presented in charts at the back of the book. It also has charts  about when to harvest plants and what part you are harvesting at that time. This is helpful information. 

North America - General
North America - General
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Carol Deppe builds on her “wake-up call” during Y2K and climate change to look at how to garden staples reliably. She pulls together a lot of things that could make or break a garden in the future: soil quality, water, fertility, labor, etc…and also has a great approach to nutrition, seed-saving, and food storage.

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This is not a large book and it is priced high because it may be out of print. It is, however, an excellent manual containing patterns and how to make a wide range of styles of moccasins and mukluks from various tribes. I’ve made several different types and the instructions are good.

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This is an excellent guide for wet scraping hides. It provides step by step information on naturally tanning hides. At one point I had a video of this- same name as the book and it was also excellent.

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This book contains a lot of historical information and highlights various skills including some progressive photos as they move through the skills. A great book for putting the skills within context.

skills

This is a well-done book on skills. The author has experience and shares it in a fun way. I found skills in this book that have not been covered in other books. One good thing is he talks about incorporating skills into modern life. So this can be useful as folks look for skills they can work on in a non-wilderness setting.

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The book starts with general information about seed selection, soil temperatures, use of compost and mulch and other helpful information on growing were the growing seasons are shorter. He includes chart for plant spacing, which plants to partner and when to plant and harvest. The last half of the book speak to individual vegetables so you can get more specifics on the plants you want to grow. A well done book, written from the authors practical experience.

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If you’re looking for an overview of many skills for outdoor survival, this is a good general book. It does both primitive and none primitive skills. Because of its scope, it doesn’t provide a lot of detail on any one topic, so it does have its limitations. One very good thing about the book it that the author has actually used these skills. He writes from a place of experience- not theory. So there are gems in here even for those with experience.

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