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Primitive Technology II: Ancestral Skills - From the Society of Primitive Technology [Paperback]

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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs M. Smith Inc (Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586850989
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586850982
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 27.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 241,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Originally published in the Bulletin of Primitive Technology , 79 articles describe basic technology and skills practiced by our ancient ancestors. Aimed at the general reader, the articles cover such topics as eating wild plants, cooking in primitive pottery, making bows and arrows, tanning hides,

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And interesting Book 30 Oct 2003
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This book is quite good, but lacks colour photographs and easy to follow step by step diagrams. However it makes up for this by such a diversity of primitive crafts such as coracle and canoe construction. A great book, if you already have some background knowledge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book. 29 Mar 2014
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I have written a glowing review for Earth skills aswell as this copy of Ancestral skills, I would recommend you buy both as I interchange between the two. Written by people who actually practice what they preach and boy does it show, I have read both books cover to cover allready and practiced some of the techniques with surprising success for a beginner. Do not hesitate to buy, these are a must for anyone interested in how life SHOULD be lived.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended by a Paleotechnologist!!! 18 April 2004
By Jurgen Wegter - Published on
This book together with the first book: A Book of Earth Skills from the same author, will show you nearly everything you need to know on primitive technology.
Buy the " Naked into the Wilderness" books written by the McPhersons as well and your library on the subject is complete.
No better books available then these four!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Books that keep on giving 18 Jan 2007
By T. A. Tugnett - Published on
I recently purchased Primitive Tech. and Primitive Tech II as a set. The information found in these books are priceless! These two books alone could keep you busy this life time and into the next. A great foundation of resourses into learning to live with the land and the resourses that are found around you. Just the historical aspect of the books are worth a read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quality. 27 Sep 2010
By Russ Cutts - Published on
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I work in the outdoor education and primitive technology field and can personally account for the quality instruction offered by many of the authors in this work. I am a contributing writer to the Bulletin of Primitive Technology and am proud to be a part of the preservation and proliferation of ancient skills and wisdom. Less for the "survival situation" -- though certainly important! -- and moreso for the honest self-reflection found within the integrity of these arts, I recommend the study of earthskills.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good start, but needs serious up-dating 13 Jan 2012
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The book is based on individual essays on various topics. Each topic is explored by a different " Expert". Many of these skills are in danger of being forgotten, so for this alone its a good book. What really needs to be considered by the compiler is new info, with new photography and updated , clear instructions. Many skills here, such as Brain tanning and stone tools, to name a few, are quite good. There are a few selections that are a bit foggy in their rendition.Its a good reference book anyway for taking with you when outdoors to at a time. Many folks buy these kind of books thinking they can just turn to page 84 and learn at a glance, some hard won skill. Not so...These all take a lot of practice and hard work. Try fire making first, shelters,food gathering and storage. These are essential. Learning one skill...well, over a summer; even several will take you a long way. Remember to lower your standards to SURVIVAL. Its generally not pretty, but you do gain one day...then another and also you gain the courage to try and the experience to succeed. Enjoy learning what our ancestors had to learn...or die!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I also bought the companion piece... 7 April 2003
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I liked the book so much, I checked out the Society of Primitive Technology web site and joined. Great stuff!
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