Unlearn, Rewild: Earth Skills, Ideas and Inspiration for the Future Primitive

Unlearn, Rewild: Earth Skills, Ideas and Inspiration for the Future Primitive

Miles Olson

Language: English

Pages: 240

ISBN: 0865717214

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Picture a world where humans exist, like all other living things, in balance. Where there is no separation between "human" and "wild." Unlearn, Rewild boldly envisions such a world, probing deeply into the cultural constraints on our ability to lead truly sustainable lives and offering real, tangible tools to move toward another way of living, seeing, and thinking.

Part philosophical treatise, part hard-core survival guide, this unique and thoroughly unconventional manual blends philosophy with a detailed introduction to a rich assortment of endangered traditional living skills, including:

  • Harvesting and preparing unconventional proteins
  • Feral food preservation
  • Dealing responsibly with waste
  • Natural methods of birth control
  • Tanning and processing animal skins

Lyrical, humorous, surprising, enlightening, and thought-provoking by turns, Unlearn, Rewild is essential reading for those who wish to heal themselves and the earth, live gracefully into the future primitive and experience their wildest dreams.

Miles Olson has spent the past decade deeply immersed in learning and practicing earth skills. While foraging, hunting, gardening, and gathering for his livelihood, his experiences have given him a unique perspective on rewilding, radical self-reliance, and the impact of civilization on the natural world.

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skills for coping with changing times that could save lives, feed families and give us autonomy from increasingly oppressive regimes. Skills, also, for any time one chooses to connect with the wildness that is life. “Hardcore” sustainability skills, for a sustainable future that does not include industrial technology and production—a world most of us are afraid to imagine, but that is, eventually, inevitable. This book is about reclaiming our future, our sanity, our ability to live in the land,

acknowledge the fact that in this culture, broadly speaking, everyone’s mind has been infected with poison, whatever shape it may have come in. We also have to acknowledge that most people associate happiness with business as usual: the ability to jump in one’s car, grab a six-pack at the liquor store, head over to the grocery store and buy anything, go home, turn the heat up, put on some music and have an hour-long hot shower. If you suddenly take away these luxuries, most people are going to do

human-engineered Earth, completely ordered and controlled to maximize efficiency? A sustainable world where everyone and everything is tagged, drugged, kept submissive, orderly, tame? Or do we want to give up on the project of controlling all life on Earth? Becoming sustainable does not mean allowing the wildness of living things to flourish, letting blackberries and dandelions grow through the concrete, turning the pavement into soil (and food!). It doesn’t mean healing our relationship with

where that is indicated. It is a bitter digestive tonic, though it should not be taken consecutively for over two weeks because it is mildly toxic and hard on the liver. It can bring on menstruation and quell postpartum bleeding. It stimulates peripheral circulation, which brings more blood to the penis or clitoris, and can thus assist sexual arousal. Wild Carrot/Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus Carota) Wild carrot (also known as Queen Anne’s lace) is a widespread Eurasian “weed.” Its seeds have been

environment for the big load of semen that will be passing through soon. Pre-cum is also called Cowper’s fluid because it is stored in the Cowper’s gland; it doesn’t actually come directly from the testicles. By the time the semen in pre-cum make it into the urethra, they are usually no longer viable because of the time lag. Any that might still be viable are destroyed by their journey in the still acidic urethra—a recipe for dead pre-cum! The problem arises when, after pulling out and

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