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About Primitive Lifeways



Why the name Primitive Lifeways? 
When examining modern culture we see how far we have become disconnected to what is true. We put our faith in politicians, advanced technology and money–all which disconnect us from the earth. Long ago, primitive cultures thrived from a strong community, spiritual balance and a deep connection to the natural world. Knowing how different life used to be and how humbled primitive people were, Martin and Sage were compelled to base our teachings and lifestyles off of past peoples who mastered primitive technologies. After careful consideration, Primitive Lifeways was born.
“Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.”
– Sitting Bull


What is unique about your school? 
We do not base our teachings out of fear. Instead of focusing on survival, we focus on adaptation. We strongly feel nature will cleanse, humble and humiliate us in a positive way that helps us find our true inner being. Indeed, this way of teaching helps us evolve as a species in a positive way. 

“A man who goes afoot, prepared to camp anywhere in any weather, is the most independent fellow on earth.”
– Horace Kephart


What skills will I learn at your school? 
We offer a wide variety of skills and mentoring services–including the following: wilderness therapy, rehabilitation services, bow and arrow making, primitive fire, shelters, primitive traps and snares, weaving and fiber arts, atlatl and dart making, rock art, archaeological research, edible and medicinal plants, stone and bone tools, pottery, animal tracking, ancient jewelry and much more! 

“Everything on earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of existence.” 
– Mourning Dove


What are your views on preserving the planet? 
We feel it is more important than ever before to preserve what we have here on earth. Yes we do harvest vegetation, but we do so in an ethical manner that promotes new growth and natural development. Furthermore, we understand how quickly modern people are depleting our natural resources with mass development and infrastructure.

“Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught we will realize we can not eat money.”
– based on Cree saying