Entering the Mind of the Tracker: Native Practices for Developing Intuitive Consciousness and Discovering Hidden Nature

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9781591431602: Entering the Mind of the Tracker: Native Practices for Developing Intuitive Consciousness and Discovering Hidden Nature

Training methods for tracking and wilderness observation woven into extraordinary real-life stories of intuitive animal-reading skills

· Explains technical tracking methods and observational skills such as shadowing and envisioning through the innermost thoughts of an accomplished native tracker

· Reveals how to track by expanding your awareness and consciousness to become one with the animal you are tracking

· Shares stories of tracking Wolves, Bears, Deer, Cougars, and many other animals

Stepping beyond the shape of a footprint and into the unseen story of the track, veteran wilderness guide Tamarack Song takes you inside the eyes and mind of an intuitive tracker, with intimate stories where Frogs show the way out of the woods, scat reveals life histories, and Bears demonstrate how to find missing people.

Drawing from his years of surviving in the wild, apprenticing to native elders, and living with a family of wolves, Tamarack reveals how to achieve a level of perception like that of aboriginal trackers by becoming one with the animal you are tracking, whether Fox, Deer, Coyote, or Cougar. Sharing his innermost thoughts while following track and sign, the book’s adventures merge technical tracking methods with skills such as shadowing and envisioning, while demonstrating animal-reading skills considered outside the human realm. The author explains how to expand your awareness--to learn from nature by becoming nature--and tap in to the intuitive tracking consciousness each of us has inherited from our Paleolithic ancestors.

Through his stories from the trail, Tamarack shows the art of tracking not simply as a skill for hunters and naturalists but as a metaphor for conscious living. By exploring the intricacies of the natural world, we explore not only our connections to the world around us but also our internal landscapes. We learn to better express ourselves and listen, meet our needs, and help others. Intuitive tracking provides a path to finding ourselves, becoming one with all life, and restoring humanity’s place in the Great Hoop of Life.

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About the Author:

Tamarack Song has spent his life studying the world’s aboriginal peoples, apprenticing to Elders, and learning traditional hunter-gatherer survival skills. He has spent years alone in the woods as well as living with a pack of Wolves. In 1987, he founded the Teaching Drum Outdoor School in the wilderness of northern Wisconsin, where he runs the yearlong Wilderness Guide Program.

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Chapter 6
How to Learn Tracking from One of the Greatest Predators
Apprenticing to the Wolf on the Windowsill

When I start talking about the tracking skills I learned from living with master predators, most people who know me think Wolf right away. Without a doubt the family of Wolves who welcomed me into their life when I was a young man gave me intimate knowledge of the hunt. This story, however, is about another type of Wolf, one who patiently instructed me in the mystifying ways of the stalk and the kill. And he showed me their terrible beauty.

Unlike Wolf, this is a teacher available to every one of us. In fact, he’s bound to live somewhere in your part of town. He runs wild in many fields and parks--and possibly even in your backyard. Let me tell you about one day last green season when Stefan, a gung-ho yearlong program student from Switzerland, met this tracking teacher. I walked into camp and Stefan was wearing a smile that wouldn’t quit. “What got into you?” I asked him.

“I’m not sure,” he replied, “but I really like it. At dawn I went up on the ridge by your lodge, and when the sun broke over the horizon it lit up thousands of spiderwebs sprinkled with dew--they carpeted the bog! I don’t think I could have taken a step without destroying one. I can’t imagine how many Spiders there must have been to make all those webs.”

Few people pay much attention to Spiders, and fewer yet realize just how many of them there are. I know a naturalist who claims that in most environments you’re probably not more than an arm’s length from a Spider. There are Spiders who travel on the wind like Dandelion seeds, Spiders who live underground, and Spiders who live underwater. From windblown treetops to the stark faces of skyscrapers, Spiders inhabit virtually every available niche. Some Spiders are active year-round, even here in the North Country, where I see them out and about long after other Bugs have either frozen to death or gone into hibernation. We get temperatures as low as –30 degrees Fahrenheit, and it doesn’t seem to faze the Spiders, who keep their bodies limber by making their own antifreeze.

Like Wolves, Spiders are apex predators--they’re at the top of the Insect food chain. Some Spiders even hunt like Wolves, by stalking up close and then dashing in for the kill, which is a classic example of parallel evolution. As with Wolves, I’ve learned stalking techniques from Spiders that I have used on Grouse, Bears, and humans. I’d like to tell this story in honor of Spider, who along with Wolf has been my esteemed tracking teacher. I have been blessed to live with both of them, and by shadowing them I’ve been able to walk in their footsteps and share in their adventures. They have done much to awaken the intuitive tracker within me, and at the same time they have inspired me to incorporate more of the tracker’s awareness and spontaneity in my daily life.

It all started one winter afternoon in my youth when I was sitting at the window watching a flock of Cedar Waxwings feeding on Hawthorn fruit. However, they weren’t just feeding. There was a social interaction going on, and I was trying to figure it out. That is, until I became mesmerized by a little Wolf Spider stalking a Fly on the windowsill. And I mean little—that Spider was going to have his hands full if he got ahold of that Fly.

Without trying, and without even realizing it, I became Spider. My chest tightened as I felt the dynamic tension he kept so well disguised by his outwardly relaxed state. I adopted his keenness of focus and at the same time maintained overall perspective. Together we synthesized the information and moved accordingly.

The more I became Spider, the clearer I could see that Spider had also become Fly. Again without effort, I felt myself becoming Fly as well. However, it didn’t stop there. I realized Spider had also become the dust and dapples of sunlight on the windowsill, the cold draft seeping through the crack under the window, and the shadows of the fluttering Birds. We were not only in this drama together, we were the drama. We were in the most intimate of relationships--the dance of life and death.

I didn’t dare blink. My senses were keen on every movement, whether it be the smallest flutter of a dry leaf on the branch outside the window, the Fly changing her posture ever so slightly, or the ripple of disturbance created by the appearance of another Fly. I was prepared for anything, from an agonizingly slow stalk to pouncing as fast as a sprung trap if the Fly spooked.

Not quite as cool and centered as my mentor, the Master Stalker, I broke into a nervous sweat. My eyes felt dry and fatigued, and I worried that my movements were growing less and less fluid the closer I approached. Would I pounce too soon, or would I miss because I was too tense?

But that was Tamarack. I had to let him go--I was Spider. I crept closer. And closer. There were times when I might have moved the tiniest bit, but I wasn’t sure. I was a magician duping the audience into thinking no sleight-of-hand occurred. And still you knew something happened, because after all I was a magician.

I made it to about three (spider) body lengths from my quarry, and she took off. Was it me, or did she have some reason of her own to bolt? I didn’t know, and I didn’t give it any thought. No regret or self-blame--I was hungry! Immediately I settled back into cultivating the illusion of benign presence and waited for the next Fly.

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