Books by Tamarack Song

EXTREME SURVIVAL MEAT

Snow Wolf Publishing, 2015

Whether you are faced with an extreme survival situation, or you’re simply wanting to obtain animals without hunting or trapping, this book will show you how to find, process, and preserve meat without anything but a knife. You’ll learn how to safely assess an animal carcass to determine whether it’s safe to eat – a vital skill that could save your life. There are also special sections on roadkill and making pemmican – the most nourishing and long-lasting survival food. The instructions contained within this book are well tested, and easy to follow, as Tamarack and his family have lived for over forty years almost exclusively on scavenged meat and hand-caught fish. In an extreme survival situation, this is one book you don’t want to be without. It belongs in every backpack, glove compartment, and survival kit, so it will be there when you need it.

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BECOMING NATURE

Bear & Company, 2016

Winner of the Feathered Quill Book Award

In this guide to becoming one with Nature, Tamarack Song provides step-by-step instructions for reawakening the innate sensory and intuitive abilities that our hunter-gatherer ancestors relied upon­–abilities imprinted in our DNA yet long forgotten.

Through exercises and experiential stories, the author guides us to immerse ourselves in Nature at the deepest levels of perception, which allows us to sense the surrounding world and the living beings in it as extensions of our own awareness. He details how to open our minds and hearts to listen and communicate in the wordless language of wild animals and plants. He explains how to hone our imagining skill so we can transform into the animal we are seeking, along with becoming invisible by entering the silence of Nature. He shows how to approach a wild animal on her own terms, which erases her fear and shyness.

Allowing us to feel the blind yearning of a vixen Fox in heat and the terror of a Squirrel fleeing a Pine Marten, the practices in this book strip away everything that separates us from the animals. They enable us to restore our kinship with the natural world, strengthen our spiritual relationships with the animals who share our planet, and discover the true essence of the wild within us.

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“I love the way Tamarack explains that you must get away from thought to understand animals. He is referring to verbal thought with language and entering the animal’s sensory-based world that has no words. To understand animals, you have to get away from words and enter their realm of visual, auditory, and touch sensation, which are linked to emotions. Becoming Nature will help connect you to the natural world.”
– Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human

“Tamarack Song teaches how Becoming Nature is our natural and innate state of being. Becoming Nature is beautifully written and filled with practices to help us reconnect with the natural world. This is an important and powerful book to help us improve our personal health as well as bring back balance and harmony to the planet and all in the web of life.”
– Sandra Ingerman, Shamanic teacher and co-author of Speaking with Nature and author of Walking in Light: The Everyday Empowerment of a Shamanic Life

ENTERING THE MIND OF THE TRACKER

Bear & Company, 2013

IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award Silver Metal
Foreword Reviews’ Book of the Year Finalist

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.

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. With a foreword by one of the legendary Shadow Wolves Bryan Nez introducing this collection of real life tracking stories, the book will bring out the tracker in you.

Read the transcript of an interview with Tamarack about how the book came to be.

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“Real stories from the real world, simple and complex at the same time, and well worth pondering!”
– Bill McKibben, author of the bestsellers The End of Nature and Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

“A marvelous book written by a master storyteller and tracker. Through its powerful and poignant stories, you will feel absorbed in the world and spirit of Nature.”
– Joseph Cornell, author of Sharing Nature With Children and John Muir: My Life with Nature

“What I like about Tamarack’s book, Entering the Mind of the Tracker is that it points to the wisdom of asking questions rather than having answers.”
– Paul Rezendes, author of Tracking and the Art of Seeing

SONG OF TRUSTING THE HEART

Sentient Press, 2011

Nautilus Gold and Silver Award Winner

The poem Hsin-Hsin Ming, or Song of Trusting the Heart, was written in the sixth century by the third Zen patriarch of China. Enlivening the spirit without overwhelming the mind, it is considered by many to be the most elegant, concise, and penetrating expression of Zen’s essence. Its haunting verses inspire a peaceful awakening that helps one see through attachments, judgments, and illusions.
Tamarack’s rendition updates this beloved text’s language to make it accessible to contemporary seekers. Each stanza is illustrated with a captivating brush painting by sumi-e master Jan Zaremba to create a beautiful and easy-to-use meditation guide for the 29-day lunar month. This is a tool for reflection on the most profound aspects of life, especially for people who may have limited time for contemplation. Each day’s stanza cuts through the mind’s clutter, bringing clarity and guidance.

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“This ancient yet timeless “Heart-Trust Song” is one of my absolute favorite Buddhist texts and teachings. I recommend it to all my students, reminding them to re-read it constantly, and never stray far from it. You too can find wisdom and delight in this wonderful poem and fine translation.”
– Lama Surya Das, bestselling author of Awakening the Buddha Within

“Listen to and feel the spirit of these sacred verses. They are currents of homecoming, reminders of the vast beauty and mystery that is our essence.”
– Tara Brach, Ph.D., author of Radical Acceptance

WHISPERS OF THE ANCIENTS

University of Michigan Press, 2010

Nautilus Gold
Three Midwest Book Award (Culture, Social Studies, and Coffee Table Books)
Storytelling Award

When Tamarack first met Moses (Amik) Beaver several years ago, the Ojibwe artist lamented the missionaries who decried Ojibwe traditions and supplanted their epic legends with those of another people. Now some of their stories are returning with the help of Whispers, which they completed together to help restore the oral tradition of the Northern Ojibwe people.

Thanks to the combined artwork of Moses (Amik) Beaver and Tamarack Song’s storytelling skills, monsters, heroes, and shapeshifters come alive and open a doorway to the mysteries of life. Easily accessible to all ages, this is a book that speaks to each person at his or her own level of comprehension and need. It is as beautiful to read as it is to look at.

Stunning Aboriginal artwork by Moses (Amik) Beaver combines with provocative storytelling to renew, in all their traditional splendor, exceptional legends from around the world. Entertaining, profound, passionate, glorious—these are stories that illustrate and evoke themes common to everyone’s life, with an ancient wisdom that helps the listener to cope with today’s opportunities for tenderness, grief, passion, and irony.

Easily accessible to all ages, this is a book that speaks to each person at his or her own level of comprehension and need.

If you’d like to know more about the book, you can listen to an interview here.

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“Whispers of the Ancients helps us reconnect with the spirit of story that is a part of all of our heritages. With respect for the wisdom of the past and with an eye toward the cross-cultural links that legends can make between us, Tamarack Song offers a gathering of tales and insightful comments that point the way back to the circle.”
– Joseph Bruchac, renowned Abenaki storyteller and author of over 120 books, including bestseller Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children

 

“The West lost its heart when we put aside the stories that have always been our sources of wisdom, of courage, of knowing one’s roots, what it is to be a neighbor, a guest, a host. Stories have reminded us who we are and how to become fully who we are. We thought we must have facts; statistics. The truth. Look where it has gotten us: an imaginary world. Nobody reminds us that facts change. Life changes. What we need to be human is…principles. We need wisdom. We need to learn living with others, and that may require delicate negotiations, where wisdom and courage mean survival. We have become so used to being taught that we have forgotten learning. We learn from listening to stories like those in Whispers of the Ancients. In a world that forgets yesterday to make the same horrendous mistakes today, we need to be reminded that long ago we knew how to live because we grew up with stories.” 
– Robert Wolff, author of Original Wisdom

JOURNEY TO THE ANCESTRAL SELF

Station Hill Press, 1994

In this day, few of us seem able to declare that we are truly and deeply happy. We find ourselves frustrated with life as we know it and on a quest for life as it could be. We thirst for a more intimate physical and spiritual relationship with The Earth, and yearn for the skills to do so. Our senses and intuitions are not as keen as we know they could be; our personal Lifepaths seem clouded and distorted. Somehow our search brings us to explore Native lifeways, for which this book is a timely guide. From its deep philosophy to its everyday yet vital sensitivities and awarenesses, the ways of our Ancestors are explored and experienced. We learn the skills for walking in Balance in the Wilderness, as well as in our daily lives. And we are given the tools to discover the purpose and contentment that is uniquely intended for each of us.

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“There is deep wisdom in this book, written by someone who walks his talk in a beautiful way. Take some quiet time with it, and use it well.”
– Brooke Medicine Eagle, author of Buffalo Woman Comes Singing

“A workbook for rediscovering and rebecoming our once naturally balanced selves… Refreshing, inspiring and studious… To be used over and over, then passed along to others.”
– Jim Riggs, Aboriginal skills instructor and author of Blue Mountain Buckskin

“It will inspire seekers and potential Warrior Guardians to take up the cudgel of truth and life… A ‘how to’ for a path of life.”
– Heart Warrior Cosa, Ojibwa/Cree/Lakota, author of Seven Chalk Hills

“A real landmark… splendid illustrations.”
– Keewaydinoquay, Ojibwe elder and herbalist, author of Direction We Know: Walk in Honor

Other Publications

Tamarack has nearly 30 books worth of material, which are now being prepared for publication. In the meantime, people are asking for guidance on vital topics. In order to meet the need, we are making some of Tamarack’s unpublished materials available as self-published booklets, in both hand-bound printed versions and e-books. When the material appears in published book form, the booklets will be discontinued.

Visit Teaching Drum’s digital media store for downloadable versions of Tamarack’s books and booklets here 

Contributions

Forgiveness and Child Abuse

By Lois Einhorn, Ph.D.

Robert D. Reed Publishers, 2006

Tamarack contributed the Introduction, one chapter, and gave an endorsement. 

During her healing process, Dr. Einhorn shared her horrific story of ritualistic child abuse with a variety of influential people and asked, What would YOU do? Do you forgive your parents? HOW do you forgive yourself? Fifty-three people responded, including: Mumia Abu-Jamal, Patch Adams, M.D., Edward Asner, Rubin Hurricane Carter, Laura Davis, Thomas F. Eagleton, Albert Ellis, Paul Ferrini, Lynne Finney, Arun Gandhi, Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton, Linda Hogan, Rabbi Steven Jacobs, Bill T. Jones, Mary Elizabeth King,, Robert Muller, Daniel Quinn, Robert C. Scaer, M.D., Pete Seeger, Bernie Siegel, M.D., Gerry Spence, Richard E. Vatz, Kurt Waldheim, Everett L. Worthington, Jr.,

This is a unique and powerful book destined to encourage discussion, dialogue, and debate; and many of the responses will challenge readers to move from a paradigm of revenge and fear to one of love and forgiveness – regardless of the severity of the atrocities.

The author was awarded 2004 Heroine of Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Peace by the World Forgiveness Alliance.

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Cakes and Ale for the Pagan Soul

Edited by Patricia Telesco

The Crossing Press, 2005

Tamarack contributed to the Chapter entitled “The Gifting Way, How Abundance Came to Me”

Edited by Patricia Telesco, and with contributors who represent a who’s who of community leaders, including Margot Adler, Starhawk, Dorothy Morrison, Oberon Zell-Ravenheart, and many more. Take a seat on the communal hearth and let these bards regale you with tales of hope, transformation, love, struggle, and victory. The bounty herein will fill you with warmth, sustenance, and inspiration that every spiritual seeker needs.

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The Native American Oral Tradition,

By Lois Einhorn, Ph.D.

Praeger Publishers, 2000

Tamarack contributed the Forward

Einhorn, a rhetorical scholar, explores the rich history of the Native American oral tradition, focusing on stories, orations, prayers, and songs. Because American Indians existed without written language for many generations, their culture was strongly dependent on an oral tradition for continuity and preservation. Not surprisingly, they spent many hours perfecting the art of oral communication and learning methods for committing their messages to memory. Einhorn thoroughly examines the important aspects of this unique oral tradition from a rhetorical perspective, covering individual speakers, nations, and time periods. In the first half of the book, the author examines how the Native American oral tradition has affected their cultural assumptions, principles, values, beliefs, and experiences. These chapters focus primarily on characteristics of the Native American oral tradition that transcend individual nations. The second half of the book includes translated transcripts of representative speeches, stories, prayers, and songs. In accessible and compelling prose, Einhorn discusses the sanctity of the spoken word to Native Americans, concluding that their oral tradition helps to account for the survival of their people and their culture.

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Articles

The following is a partial listing of Tamarack’s published articles. In addition to these, Tamarack was been a field editor for Wilderness Way magazine from 2005 until 2009, and the magazine has carried his two regular columns, Wilderness Way Tips and Awareness Quiz.

“Stage Foraging: How to Save Yourself from Starving,” Wilderness Way, Vol. 13, Issue 2, 2007
“How to Learn Tracking From One of Our Greatest Predators,” Wilderness Way, Vol. 12, Issue 1, 2006
“Our Ancestral Diet: A Way to Wellness,” Conscious Choice, March 2001
“How to Chew the Fat,” Wilderness Way, Summer, 2001
“Scent Tracking: You Ain’t Nothing but a Hound Dog,” Conscious Choice, September 2000
“Scent Tracking: You Ain’t Nothing but a Hound Dog,” Wilderness Way, MWinter 2000
“Wolves at my Door: The Saga of Three Wildlings on Their Troubled Way Home,” Conscious Choice, August 2000
“Solo Survival Shelters,” Wilderness Way, Summer 2000
“How to Cure a Stick,” Wilderness Way, Summer 2000
“All Winter Snow Lodges: Two Easy, Safe Designs,” Wilderness Way, Spring 2000
“Frogs: Princes Few, Yet They Can be a Royal Feast,” Wilderness Way, Winter 1999
“Root Lashing: Time Saving Alternative to Cordage,” Wilderness Way, Winter 1999
“The Landed and the Native: Why Have the Twain Ne’er Met,” Conscious Choice, June 1999
“To Deet or not to Deet: Natural Mosquito Charms and Chasers,” Conscious Choice, May 1999
“To Deet or not to Deet: Natural Mosquito Charms and Chasers,” Illinois Times, May 17, 1999
“Music – The Voice,” Maine Well-Being, June 1997
“Children: Our Guardianship,” Lotus, Winter 1995
“The Empowerment of Prayer,” Seeds of Unfolding, Vol. 1 1995
“Elders – Keepers of the Ancestral Voices,” Sunrise, Theosophic Perspective, August/September 1995
“The Old Way Culture,” Sunrise, Theosophic Perspective, October/November 1993
“The Old Way Culture,” Source Book for the Community of Religions, 1993