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'Hooch Nature Center hosts Earth Skills Day

Showcases how people lived close to the land

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November 28, 2012
ROSWELL, Ga. – After Hurricane Sandy, it was disheartening to see so many people living without shelter, heat, running water and the necessities of life. But what about those days 200 years ago when people in North Fulton thought nothing of providing their own subsistence with no one to rely on but themselves?

The Chattahoochee Nature Center took Sunday, Nov. 18, to reintroduce those "primitive" skills needed to survive from day to day. Visitors got to see how fire really can be made by rubbing sticks together.

They went on hiking tours to learn how to stalk the animals of the forest – whether with a bow or a Nikon.

Chipa Wolfe, a Cherokee Indian who lectures on Cherokee culture and wisdom, brought his hand-raised bison Samson. And he showed how the buffalo provided meat, tools, shelter and clothing for the Native American.

Naturalist and author Mark Warren led the stalking hikes. He teaches these special skills that bring you close to wild animals, whether as an observer, photographer or hunter.

Warren was also signing his newest book, "Two Winters in a Tipi: My Search for the Soul of the Forest," in which he recounts what it was like to live off the land with no modern tools or conveniences.

Members of the Earth Skills Club demonstrate traditional skills including flint knapping, matchless fire-starting, cordage-making and primitive cooking.

"There is a place for man in nature. And for thousands of years it has been so. It is only in the present that we seem to be apart from nature," said CNC Director Ann Bergstrom.

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