I have selected the following list of books which I have read so that the reader might find the way of things in the desert. And while I have read many other books that have influenced me and were full of knowledge, many of them are not on this list, the reason for this being that they were not about the desert environment or had no practical application in the desert. However, this list of books will always be growing and directed to a wide audience; that is to say, some are for beginners, others for professionals.
But in the end, I feel that all of them will be beneficial for someone trying to learn the ways of the desert
A Field Guide to Mammal Tracking in North America
By: James Halfpenny
Illustrations By: Elizabeth Biesiot
Johnson Printing Company
1880 South 57th Court
This work is certainly meets the definition of a field guide; however, it is much more than that. The book is truly a scientific thesis on the art of tracking and covers a wide range of related subjects such as anatomy and scatology. This is the only field guide or book that I’m aware of which covers the pattern of various animal tracks as they left walking, at a trot and in a dead run. The book also teaches such things as how to learn where and when a track cannot be identified and how you can over interpret game sign in the field. While a bit overwhelming in its detail and exactness, I still would recommend this book to anyone just starting out and an experienced tracker alike.
Bows & Arrows of the Native Americans: A Step-by-Step Guide to Wooden Bows, Sinew-backed Bows, Composite Bows, Strings, Arrows & Quivers
"BOW AND ARROWS OF THE NATIVE AMERICANS" is a window into the technology of
the Native Americans.
While this book was intended to guide one in making a bow, it is worth reading whether you're into archery or not.
It also covers such topics as history and tradition of the Native American bow in all its variations throughout the continent.
One of the many things that I've learned from this book is that the Native Americans took the technology of archery to the very limits of material that was available to them.
So I highly recommend this book from Jim Hamm
Bows on the little Delta
Glenn St. Charles
This book is well worth reading if you're interested in archery but it is is much more than that.
It could be viewed as a time capsule or history book of the environmental movement.
At a time when the industrial age was providing the common man with money and leisure the majority of people look to higher technology to improve virtually everything, including hunting.
However, there is a group of people that see things a little different. While they would utilize an airplane to go hunting, once they were there, they used a bow and arrow instead of modern firearms. While this philosophy that they chose with still survives, it has never really gone mainstream.
One could only wonder what the environmental movement would have became if the ideas and concepts of Glenn ST. Charles would have flourished.
In this book we see all sorts of changes in archery such as camouflage clothing specifically designed for hunting and not military use and bow and arrows made from modern materials rather than wood.
I found the stories written this book interesting and full of information
The Harmless People
Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
This book is the unique in-depth view of the inner workings of a Hunter gather society that is essentially still intact.
While the African Bushmen of the late 1950s had already been in contact with modern humans for some time, modern influence was at a minimum.
They still lived off the land, worship their ancient gods, and spoke their traditional language, and had to struggle to survive.
And yet they still found time to laugh, dance, and create art.
This book covers all of that