Category: General Blog

Roadkill Tips

The Willamette Week called me to talk about the new roadkill law in Oregon, and asked me to share some tips for picking up and preparing it. A New Oregon Law Makes It Legal to Eat Roadkill. Before Strapping That Deer Carcass to the Top of Your Subaru, Here Are a Few Helpful Pointers.

A Long Overdue Look at The Ayahuasca Industry

I’ve had many feelings about ayahuasca over the years; curiosity, indifference, repulsion. In reading The Cull of Personality, I realized that my perception of ayahuasca was all wrong: my feelings about the plant and the psychoactive spiritual communities and industries that surround it don’t matter. I shouldn’t be thinking about how I feel about it, …

Why We Need to Stop Using the “A” Word in the Rewilding & Ancestral Skills Communities

In the seventies, the ancestral skills community was created and informed by the field of experimental archaeology. These academics began to catalog, preserve, and teach ancestral technology for future generations to learn from and understand. The first time I really heard the term “abo” (shorthand for aboriginal) was at Rabbitstick Rendezvous, the oldest, most renowned …

Playing with Fire: Social Forestry with Hazel

“Forests are social, they are lonely, and they need us,” proclaimed Hazel, thus beginning a week-long workshop on “social forestry” that involved clearing brush, making charcoal, thinning tree stands, coppicing shrubs, reducing fire danger, weaving baskets, making wooden poles, touring various ecotones, and the main reason most of us were there: prescribed burning.┬áThere were lectures …