Ancient Pathways to a Sustainable Future

What can our ancestors teach us?

The Earth is Our Home

 

“All things are connected.” Whatever happens to the Earth, happens to us (as Chief Seattle said), whether it be climate change, extermination of predators, or the eradication of the last hunter-gatherer cultures. The community of life will continue to suffer from our disconnection from the natural world unless we change our views. Studying biological and cultural evolution can show us ways to surmount these threats and attain more gratifying lives.

This web site is devoted to an understanding of how we got ourselves into this pickle, and how we can find our way out of it by examining the lives of Earth-centered peoples.  Although we cannot return to the woods, we can learn lessons from hunter-gatherers, that will contribute to the survival of the Earth.

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Sleeping With Wolves

by Ken Fischman Ph.D.

Bear Hunter

The middle-aged overweight man, wearing a felt cowboy hat, striped scarf wound his neck, and lamb’s wool lined leather jacket stumbled his way out of the car. As his embossed high-heeled cowboy boots started to slip in the new snow, he grabbed the side mirror and regained his balance. He threw his keys to the doorman and scuttled manfully up the few steps to where the huge automatic revolving door opened wide for him.

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A Modest Proposal For A Solution To Idaho’s Wolf Problem

Next spring, Idaho Fish & Game (IDF&G) will continue their program to remove wolf pups from dens, equip them with radio collars, and replace them in dens. IDF&G says that this will enable them to track wolf movements throughout the life cycle of the pups and will give them valuable information on a vexing problem that has preoccupied the Idaho state government.

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Sleeping With Wolves

I carefully gathered the minimum equipment and food I that I needed, just a sleeping bag, some commercial freeze-dried food, a few pots, and some matches. No tent or stove for me. After all, I had been taught by the legendary wilderness survival teacher Tom Brown, how to survive with even less. I was tough!

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The Incredible Shrinking Megafauna

It is clear from these examples that humans can inadvertently and mistakenly have profound effects on the genetics and behavior of wild animal populations, and that much of the time these effects are either unintended or even contrary to the hoped-for results.

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The Pleistocene Massacres

There are two alternative stories to explain the extinction of North American megafauna around 10,000 years ago.
In one story, it was the advent of a land bridge from Siberia to North America, created by the waning of the last ice age, that enabled Siberian hunters to enter and people the Americas. These selfsame hunters hunted the megafauna into extinction.(Martin, 1967).
In the other story, climate changes, transitioning from the last Ice Age, set in place complex ecological forces, which were responsible for the disappearance of mammoths, giant sloths, megabison, dire wolves, and other large mammals (Allen, 2010).

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