Apr 04 2007

Thanks Torjus

Published by at 9:51 pm under Uncategorized

Thank you for the invite to help out on your blog. I look forward to helping this blog become a great resource for people who want to learn more about primitive skills. Perhaps I fantasize too much in dreaming that one day we might be able to put on a primitive skills gathering there in Norway!!

Just to let folks know a little about me. I am a traditional tanner who lives on a reservation in Montana, but I’m not an aboriginal American. I make my living as a traditional tanner selling garment quality skins to aboriginal women who use my skins to make clothing and moccasins. Traditional tanning as such is not practiced much among aboriginal people these days.

I have been making braintanned buckskins for about 14 years now. I have also lived very “primitively” for about 3 years straight at one point in my life which has given me a practical perspective on living simply. I did this with children which is also somewhat unusual for many primitive practitioners. One of my children was birthed 1/2 mile off the nearest road in a shelter I made, and without a midwife. I have a wide range of primitive skills that I know and practice but by far I am best at braintanning deerskins.

Thanks again Torjus. I look forward to contributing.



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4 Responses to “Thanks Torjus”

  1. torjusgaarenon 05 Apr 2007 at 9:08 am

    I look very much forward to reading your posts Robert. I’d personally be extremely interested in hearing about your experiences of living with children.

    How on earth did you manage to keep your wife out in the wilds for 3 years? It is definately something that would be helpful to know.

    Thank you for wanting to contribute. 🙂

  2. Robert Retallickon 06 Apr 2007 at 6:05 pm

    Well Torjus, my wife at the time was already living there! She was a very skilled primitive technologist who I learned a great deal from. The children had a very high quality life.

    As far as the children, they were homeschooled and knew of no other way of life so they seemed pretty well adjusted.

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