The below information (& then some) has just put into this new downloadable PDF:
Also we have a fundraiser to help us get the funds to continue building this- please support our hard work, if able:
About The App:
The Wild Living Skills Database & Smartphone App is currently best viewed using desktop computers, & is being developed to enabled people to:
identify plants, trees, mushrooms, & other biological organisms within less than 5 simple questions- the website is being designed to co-process the user’s GPS location, elevation, & the time of year in order to narrow down search results starting at the beginning of the search. Also includes “touch-&-view glossary terms with photos” (rollover-&-view for desktop computers).
Here’s the example of one rollover-&-view glossary term; there are currently several throughout the site, & we plan to upgrade this feature as time & resources permit. Simply hover the cursor over the word “petiole” below. If the image shows up off the screen, move the cursor & try again. It auto-adjusts:
learn step-by-step how to process each species for its traditional edible, medicinal, & utility (soap, rope, wax, toothpaste,, mouthwash, etc. etc. etc.) uses.
watch videos of Native American teachers, mycologists, lichen specialists, other ethnobiologal experts to share otherwise “lost knowledge” with the world– such as this one from Richard Lonewolf Survival School:
enables Citizens to coordinate legal wildharvests via indicating on “Special Forest Product Permits“ (& the like) that the harvester “will always use positive impact harvesting techniques & wildfire-prevention techniques as described on WildLivingSkiils.org“. Forest Officials (& the like) will be able to approve permits knowing “the health of the ecosystem will benefit instead of being harmed, & wildfires will be prevented in that section of the forest using non-damaging traditional techniques.
FAQ: What Are Some “Special Forest Products” That a Family OR Wildharvesting Cooperative Would Want To Know About?
Here are just a few important ones:
Oak trees produce 4.5 tons of nuts per acre.
There are several ways to process them into nutritious flour; the raw nuts can be processed into flour within 20 minutes!
Industrial de-shellers, grain mills, & oil presses expedite the once-tedious process of producing acorn flour.
Acorns are a complete protein by themselves, containing all 9 essential amino acids! Also high in calcium & potassium.
Acorns produce a rich, buttery oil similar to olive oil that is akin to the nutritional value of coconut oil.
Acorns not only fed Native Americans more than any other food prior to colonization, but also European tribal people prior to the expanse of The Holy Roman Empire!
3 Different Species of Acorn Nuts:
Caution! Buckeye nuts are poisonous when eaten raw due to the chemical aesculin present throughout the tree!
Buckeye nut flour has been a mainstay food for people around the world for hundreds of years, & can be processed into a highly-nutritious, starchy flour similar to potato flour.
Buckeye trees produce 4.4 tons of nuts per acre!
Buckeye nuts are much larger than most nuts currently sold on the U.S. market. An abundant local food source!
California Buckeye Nut:
Currently pine nuts are generally shipped in from China or Russia when found in markets, however many very large pine nuts can be found growing from grow coast-to-coast throughout the U.S.
Nuts edible raw or toasted, and can be pressed for oil.
The pollen from the catkins contains 30% its weight in protein as well as a wide variety of minerals & nutrients, & was traditionally harvested as a food source by both Native Americans and Indo-Europeans prior to the expanse of the Holy Roman Empire. The pollen can be harvested in spring.
Pine Pollen Being Shaken Out of the Catkin:
4.) Sycamore Syrup
similar to maple syrup, but tastes more like butterscotch & honey.
Just like Maple syrup, Sycamores make yummy syrup without even harming the tree. Its “the west coast syrup”!!
Others are described in Wild Willpower‘s first major publication, called More Valuable Than Gold written by former U.S. Army Ethnobotany & Wilderness Survival Instructor dedicated lifelong teacher Richard Lonewolf, & photographed, produced, & with forward written by Wild Willpower‘s founder & former student, Alexandra “Distance Everheart” Wilson:
Click to read preview pages:
Broadcasting With Native American Teachers, Mycologists, Lichen Specialists, & Other Ethnobiological Experts; Learn Firsthand:
In-Depth Knowledge Pertaining to the Edible and Utility Uses of Wild Native Plants, Shrubs, Trees, Vines, Mushrooms, Lichens, Mosses, & more– such as this one
Traditional Native American Plant Medicines & Wilderness Emergency First Aid techniques– allergies, arthritis, broken limbs (sprains, etc.), emphysema, heard conditions, infections (staph, MRCA), psoriasis, & more.
How to Locate, Recover, & Purify Water– water indicator plants, filtration & purification using endemic materials (native OR introduced to the ecosystem), & other skills.
Ancestral Cooking Techniques (highly energy efficient!)– 3-Rock Technique, blast oven, keyhole lay, “nature’s cooking utensils”, natural ovens, rock boiling, steam pit (shown below), & many others.
Emergency and Ancient Fire Making Techniques– bow & drill (pictured below), flint & steel, hand drill, & many others.
Traditional & Emergency Shelter Building Techniques for All Conditions
& many other Native American advanced survival skills- such as
The Handpump Drill:
Here are some early grassroots we did with former U.S. Army Ethnobotany & Wilderness Survival Expert, Cherokee elder Richard Lonewolf, in accordance with Richard Lonewolf Survival School; we would like to film with other experts in the future & embed their videos throughout this site in the near future.
On Cattail roots:
Videos On Mushrooms!
Paul Stamets, founder of Fungi Perfecti, provides an excellent explanation on why we must “learn the language of nature”- the reason we must build www.WildLivingSkills.org:
Each ‘database entry’ throughout this website will include the following categories:
1.) “Location Summary”
This section is how the site will be able to co-process the user’s GPS, time-of-year, & elevation so the species can be identified in less than 5 questions.
2.) “Identification Characteristics”
3.) “Edible, Utility, & Medicinal Uses”
With step-by-step instructions and footage of instructors teaching.
So ecosystems see benefit rather than detriment as a result of harvesting. Among our goals include Federal & Local Government recognition of positive-impact harvesting techniques- a universally-accepted, ecologically AND socially responsible way for accessing resources.
Our “Bright Green Sponsors” make this possible:
Soon, this website will be “as useful in the cities as it is in the forest”:
users will be able to locate nearby “Bright Green Sponsors” based upon their GPS location, & then browse among them to receive a discount or special offer that is only available through this website. Bright Green Sponsors will receive a certificate to display at their location; here’s a rough draft:
explore the (soon to be) GPS-responsive Resource Directory to find nearby Private Instructors, Biological Societies, Ecological Restoration & Recovery Projects, Conservation Groups, American Indian Nations, &/or YOUR organization!
Please Get Involved to help us getting this webpage working as planned; we need funding & collaboration with passionate people ready to get to work ASAP!
Want to help build this website? Please email Distance@WildWillpower.org to get involved directly or by offering a contribution to Wild Willpowe to help the team- every dollar helps!!