Newberry cave was not a tomb or burial site. What was there, was the physical remains of a human- bighorn sheep relationship that was uniquely specific to time and culture.
Native American rock art of the great basin has long been viewed as largely mysterious. With a debate as to whether it was art for art's sake or a symbolic language that had a universal understanding when it was made.
All hunter gatherer cultures throughout the world past or present inculturerated a tradition of a vision quest in one form or another. They usually culminated in a dream or vision that was interpreted as a message from the spirit world. These dreams and visions derive much of their power and influence from the animal imagery and symbolism they contained.
Some thoughts and ideas on the thermal landscape of the desert and its effect on the behavior of desert bighorn sheep.
One of the most important adaptations that all desert animals have in common is their use and understanding of the thermal environment. Desert bighorn sheep are no exception to this, indeed they have mastered it.
For many years environmental organizations have concentrated their efforts on maintaining and improving natural and artificial water sources for desert bighorn sheep.
The thoughts and ideas here took me a long time to formulate and have been influenced by spending a lot of time watching desert bighorn sheep and talking to people who do the same. I also worked closely with The Society For The Conservation of Big Horn Sheep, and in particular their photo survey.
In this video lecture we learn and experience how to understand one's presence in the environment and maximize your awareness. And we do this with some of the old Masters of presence and awareness the desert bighorn sheep.
For many years I have worked in power plants that generated electricity for "the grid". "The grid" refers to the electrical distribution system that supplies electrical power to our homes and factories, sometimes from power plants more than 1000 miles away.
In order to understand hunting in the human way one must understand humanity's past and present and this will give insight to those who wonder about its future. In our modern day and age it is passionately debated as to whether hunting and killing are proper and useful components of human activity.
While it is obvious that an understanding of tracking and reading sign is absolutely crucial to understanding hunting, it is also crucial to understanding the environment whether one hunts or not - indeed whether one is a either hunter or a gatherer. If you cannot read sign you are in essence environmentally illiterate. And like all forms of illiteracy, it is a barrier to knowledge and information.
Presence and awareness: This is truly one of the most fascinating subjects a naturalist can explore because it deals with both the physical the psychological worlds.
Hunting in the human way has many unique features that you won't find anywhere else in nature and one of the most fascinating is hunting with dogs. One of the ways that we can measure this is from the fact that very few people have chosen to keep and maintain other animals once they were no longer useful in the modern urban world.
There is nothing in the natural world that can be compared to the ancient art of falconry, especially when it's done with a complete cast of characters. These characters are, of course, the falcon and the human and horses and dogs.
Most people today come from a modern urban culture and can no longer make a kill nor can they walk barefoot across the desert or drink the water from the rivers and streams that are there. We cannot make a kill due to mental blocks that has developed in the last generation or two.
Today most of us would think that a discussion on shamanism and hunting magic to be purely academic. However I think that a proper understanding of ancient shamanism and hunting magic is necessary to understand our modern environmental movement and the philosophies that exist within it. For instance many people might think that the greatest difference between the ancient hunters and modern hunters are in the weapons they carry. However, in the end, whether the hunter is using a spear or a high-powered rifle, a kill is a kill, nothing more nothing less.
The campfire is one of the things that truly define humanity and one could even say that we really weren't really humans until we had fire. And it is interesting to note that many campfire traditions that were known to our ancestors are still practiced and are still relevant in the lives of many people today.
Through the centuries, mankind has often speculated on what is the true nature of time and how it works and we currently have a scientific understanding of time, that is sometimes referred to as space-time. We also have a cultural idea of time that allows for all kinds of things such as time travel and so on.