How to Operate This Website:
The Wild Living Skills Database & Smartphone App (© 2011) is a new piece of technology that is in-the-making which will soon enable people to:
- identify any lichen, plant, mushroom, tree, shrub, grass, or mold within 5 questions
- learn “ecologically beneficial ways to harvest them“
- learn step-by-step how to process them for their historical edible, medicinal, & utility uses.
- coordinate with forest officials to harvest from National Forests & other places
- learn firsthand from Native teachers. Here’s a video from Richard Lonewolf:
Downloadable PDF explaining
how this website works:
Current Status of Website:
We’re currently updating the site regularly, so some sections work better & are more finished than others. Some examples of working pages (that will still continue to improve) include Cattails and Soaproot. We’re in the process of upgrading www.WildWillpower.org, www.StandingRockClassAction.org, & www.ReUniteTheStates.org, & will get back to developing this website at the beginning of 2018.
Additional Information & Videos:
The Wild Living Skills Database & Smartphone App is currently best viewed using desktop computers.
An example of a rollover-&-view glossary term. If using a mobile device (smartphone or tablet), simple press the word & then slightly drag your finger. You may need to zoom out while pressing & holding:
Examples of Useful Content found throughout the Site:
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, and 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, Distance Everheart.
Click to read preview pages:
Broadcasting With Native 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.
Locate, Recover, & Purify Water – water indicator plants, filtration & purification using endemic materials (native OR introduced to the ecosystem), & other skills.
Ancestral Cooking Techniques – 3-Rock Technique, blast oven, keyhole lay, “nature’s cooking utensils”, natural ovens, rock boiling, steam pit (shown below), & many others. Highly efficient!
Emergency and Ancient Fire Making Techniques – bow & drill (pictured below), flint & steel, hand drill, & many others.
Ancestral and Emergency Shelter Building Techniques – for all conditions and ecosystems.
& many other skills.
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, and/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 [email protected] to get involved directly or by offering a contribution to Wild Willpower to help the team- every dollar helps!!