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For those who forged east of the Appalachians and even further to the west coast life was hard. These pioneers might as well have been special forces soldiers compared to the modern humans of today. Their ability to work hard, use tangible skills and understand the natural world is something few people can imitate today.
It seems there is a push to learn some of the skills the pioneers possessed. Many refer to these as lost skills or skills that just sort of went away after the convenience of the industrial age took over. Its amazing what a culture can lose in 150 years! However, natural healing, outdoor adventure and even self sufficient living are all on the rise. In a way its n surprise, we are of this world so we should all understand it.
Lets look at some of the incredible skills of the pioneers and what they knew and used to survive.
The pioneers had a number of way they could forecast the weather. Its a very impressive skill but something you can learn, too!
Understanding wild medicine was not trend that the pioneers jumped into. There were no other options out there! When you got sick you had to know what an elderberry was or how to make pine needle tea. These things were a matter of life and death in their world.
Pioneers learned to take advantage of both trees and plants as a resource for food and medicine.
The ability to cut, split and carve wood was crucial. The pioneers had to know how to whittle and make things from the wood around them. The better they were at these things the better they lived. It was basically that simple.
While hunting worked, imagine how precious your ammunition would have been if you were out on your own and fending off Native American tribes. Trapping was a great way to get food without burning up precious resources
The things that our ancestors knew should floor you. They should also inspire you.