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Originally posted by SemperParatus
Thanks AA. Now that you bring it up, I had seen your thread while I was just lurking. Somehow it didn't click. If I'm duplicating you I apologize. I've read much of your writings and respect your views very much.
That does not necessarily mean that we would have to be destitute and miserable. I understand that the Native Americans were quite comfortable in their tipis while the pioneers were freezing in drafty log cabins.
Of the thousands who read these forums, a very large number of people know something about something that relates to this subject. If just one of you is able to enlighten me to only one thing that thing may one day save my life and the lives of those in my group. For instance, every part of a cattail plant is edible and they're found worldwide. You can make bread with the pollen and pound the roots into flour also. The young head in the springtime is like a small ear of corn and can be used in the same way. The mature head (broken up and separated) makes good tinder for starting fires and also can be used as stuffing for either insulation or bedding. The young shoots can be eaten as greens. The leaves can be woven into mats or you can separate the fibers to make cordage. Somebody, somewhere reading this didn't know all of that. Now that they do, maybe they won't starve. There's power and security in what we know.
What I'm really looking for here is tips. Not survival scenarios. I believe that any survival plan that doesn't allow for having to live entirely off the land at some point carries with it an expiration date. There will ultimately come a time that you'll either trade away valuable resources for what someone else knows or you'll be able to use what you know to gain those resources from others. Or you'll die in the wilderness because of what you don't know. Also, in any given group the one who knows the most about these things will also be the one that everyone else tries the hardest to protect. Now's the time to share.