Knowledge is the Easiest Tool to Carry
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Primal Knowledge is about practicing, teaching, and exploring primitive skills. We define primitive skills as pre-metal Stone Age technologies.
Participating in the Primitive Skills Community is:
Experimental Archaeology benefits the study of early man. The interpretation of carefully replicated prehistoric tools, structures, and cultural experiments; is very reviling when compared to the known artifacts and features from archaeological sites. Often the unexplained characteristics of prehistoric artifacts become obvious when compared to the realistically re-produced primitive adaptations of the same. Modern reproductions, if carefully produce to prehistoric standards, can often replace information lost due to missing organics and context. If the tools and equipment are put into repeated real life use, in a functioning living context, the development of “use patterns” and “ware areas” can be diagnostically compared to the prehistoric artifacts. Experimental archaeology can add significantly to the body of knowledge available when interpreting prehistory.
Primitive people were exploiters of their environment. They were pitted against nature and using it’s resources in any way possible to improve their lives. All previous cultures and civilizations eventually exceeded the carrying capacities of their environment.
Our current culture is the only culture, in the history of man, that has voluntarily reduced its birth rate; and if not for immigration here in North America, we would be reducing our population. This is a remarkable thing, but it was not going on in prehistoric times.
Primitive lifestyles require a special skill set. Compared to our modern lives, primitive technologies are not as convenient. Although firewood is easier to collect, it will never be as energy efficient as oil. A stone knife can be sharper then a steel knife, but it will never be a better “overall” choice. However, knowing how to make a fine stone blade can save your life, or make it a lot easier, when metal is not available. There are many interesting skills and technologies which allowed primitive peoples to stay warm and well fed for tens of thousands of years. Primitive skills provide a base level connection to the natural world.
When you envision all the different coping strategies that primitive people employed, there is a vast body of information that is mostly lost to modern man. This knowledge builds the confidence needed to interact with the natural world and reconnects your basic survival skills. This is a delicate balance, because the true nature of Nature is to kill you (and she won’t care either). Under this pressure, primitive cultures lived, adapted, and survived everyday. Primal-Knowledge teaches you the skills you need to cope and thrive, in a harsh natural environment. Even just a few of these skills will make you much more comfortable if you ever face a real “survival” situation. Primitive Technologies are interesting and unique. However, there are even better reasons to learn the ancient skills. Discovering how to make pottery, tan hides, work stone, produce cordage, make fire, build weapons, baskets and bags, builds a secure base of resourcefulness which reconnects “your” primal knowledge.
Exploring how prehistoric cultures dealt with the environment, and teaching and mastering the learned skills is what Primal-Knowledge is about. These skills are mostly lost to modern humans, but they can be rekindled, they’re still there, and knowledge is the easiest tool to carry.