I am the founder and director of the Teaching Drum Outdoor School, where my staff and I teach hunter-gatherer and self-development skills in a wilderness community context. It’s been a great 20-plus years, but now I find myself being yanked into the 20th…no, wait…21st, century, by these out-of-touch moderns who snuck in and took over.

“You need a blog,” they said.

“A what?” I replied.

“And let’s do Facebook right away while we’re at it.”

So here I am, dizzy from being dragged ahead two whole centuries at once. If you find me wandering around with a Blackberry and a laptop looking for the nearest Starbucks, just do me a favor and use me for Bear bait, okay?

Then again, I thrive on challenge so let’s see what we can make of this. I’ve been writing the entire time I’ve been at the school, and most of what I produce is for whatever book or article I’m working on at the time. Yet I often come up with short pieces and nowhere to perch them, and I’d like to do it here. My reason for writing has always been to join in dialogue, as though we were sitting together around a fire, and the blog format allows us to do just that.

If you’re interested in a more extensive bio, I have one posted through my website www.tamaracksong.org under the “background” tab.

For information on the school, use this link here.

Any questions? Just ask.


vibroplex on September 1, 2017 at 11:31 pm.

Failing to fully understand the concept of sanitary cremation, the mongrels dump the half-burned remnants into the Ganges River.


Millard Mundy on January 20, 2016 at 5:08 pm.

Very Good Posting. Appreciate it!


aleks on June 6, 2011 at 6:29 am.

good day! i have just stumbled upon your blog and find it very interesting! it’s good that you’ve decided to embark upon expanding your online presence!

with your permission, i might contact you later this year as i am starting a graduate degree in outdoor studies in europe this fall and i am sure there will be myriad points of reference for me in your work.

all the best from moscow, russia!


Tamarack on June 12, 2011 at 1:14 pm.

Strasdvutya Aleks,

I appreciate your recognition of what I do. I’d enjoy connecting after
you’ve begun your degree program, and I look forward to contributing in
whatever way I can. If you have the inclination, I’d like to hear about your
background and what draws you to aboriginal lifeway.

Do svidanija!


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