Native Americans had a special knack for living off of the land. When some think about how they manage to make use of every sort of thing in nature to survive and thrive, one might think that they were extraordinary in their abilities. But you don’t have to be from a Native American tribe to know how to survive like them. The secret to their survival is quite simple.
Learn How to Lean on Someone Else’s Skill Set
First, a tribe wouldn’t survive as a tribe without working together and depending on each other for help. Do not mistake this as being co-dependent. Armies are stronger when they rely on each other’s individual skills that will in turn benefit everyone as a whole. Each person is a valuable commodity because each person possesses skills that are unique to that person.
True, people can survive on their own for many years, but humans are social creatures. We need regular interaction with other people in order to thrive mentally, emotionally, and socially. Take the example of the Survivorman, Les Stroud. He’s an expert survivalist, but he always refers to how lonely it is when he is performing one of his scenarios.
Learn How to Use Basic Survival Tools
Basic survival tools consist of tools that are very easy to make, which doesn’t take an advanced skillset to use, and have withstood the test of time. Let’s take a look at a couple of basic tools that Native Americans have used for thousands of years.
Knives – No doubt the first tool that popped into your mind was the knife. It is one of the most basic and most widely used tools around. Knives come in a variety of shapes and sizes for a variety of uses. Knives function as a simple multi-tool. With just one good and sharp knife, you can:
- Prepare and preserve the food you caught
- Clean the fish
- Cut wood
- Finely strip vines to make rope
- Cut cords, ropes and vines
- Creation of new weapons like bayonet
- Medical procedures
- First aid
As you can see, the knife is really a multi-purpose tool.
Ax- Similar to a knife, but mainly used for cutting wood, the ax is also a favorite. It is very simple to use. The Native Americans were limited to the types of axes available, so they made them fit their need. Today, you have many types to choose from. These axes are best for survival:
- Felling Ax (Full sized) – This ax has a long handle and is mostly used for cutting down trees.
- Hatchet – Smaller handle than the felling ax, the hatchet performs smaller jobs. Unlike the full sized felling ax, the hatchet was designed for one-handed use. The hatchet is the favorite ax among the Native American tribes.
- Pocket Ax – This little guy packs a punch in a pinch. It handles the job that its bigger contemporaries can’t handle because of their length.
Axes can also be used as a method of self-defense when something threatens your livelihood. Learn how to use axes when defending yourself so you can wield it effectively.
Learn How to Heal Yourself Using Nature
Nature possesses so many valuable items that you can use for everything from constructing a home to curing an illness. You just have to know where to look and where to find them. In regards to survival, you’ll need to know how to use the plants available to you in nature in order to heal yourself when you become ill. Here are a few examples of what’s freely available and how these plants can help you:
- Boneset herb boiled into a tea is commonly used to reduce fevers and body aches that accompany the common cold,
- Skunk cabbage boiled helps fight asthma and promote respiratory health,
- Catnip tea relieves painful gas,
- Bark from a dogwood or willow tree boiled in hot water, reduces fevers,
- A tea made from Pennyroyal leaves relieves headaches,
- Cure heartburn with dandelion root tea,
- Boiled Geranium tea helps with diarrhea,
- Chew up tobacco leaves and put it on a sting or bite to relieve the effects
- Wild lettuce boiled and drank as a tea serves as a sedative
These are just a few ways to use what’s found in nature to cure common ailments. Research more Native American herbal cures and make your list of plants to look for in nature. Learn how to prepare them so that when the time comes, you’ll know exactly what to do in order to heal yourself or your family member of an ailment.
Learn How to Be Stealth
In other words, learn how to go stealth when you need to. There’s nothing worse than being caught out in the open without any kind of way to camouflage yourself. The best way to prevent this from happening is to prepare for it before it happens. If you’ve ever paid attention to old western movies, you would have noticed that when Native Americans are portrayed, they are usually portrayed as very stealthy individuals.
Native Americans learned how to become one with nature, often disappearing in plain sight in order to have the element of surprise. Contrary to popular belief, most tribes used these stealth techniques when hunting for food… Not hunting other humans.
This is how they “disappeared” in plain sight. Native Americans use a very skillful combination of the Fox Walk and the Wide-Angle Vision (WAV). When combined, they were able to scope out their meals and hunt them without being detected.
To effectively Fox Walk, you must do so without wearing any footwear of any kind. This may be difficult to get use to at first because foot soles are generally very sensitive areas. But sensitive or not, barefoot is best. It is best because it allows the soles of your feet to feel everything. Your soles will be sensitive to anything that may crack and make noise.
Your mind will be conscious to the fact that you will need to stay as quiet as possible and therefore you will avoid any kind of distractions whatsoever. Allow the sensitivity of your feet to work in your favor.
How to Fox Walk
The perfect Fox Walk consist of making sure your footsteps land with your heels first, then the outside of your foot, and lastly the balls of your foot. This will take lots of practice until you become familiar with the process. The end result will be you decrease the sound of your footsteps by making less of an imprint.
The more you practice this stealthy walk, the better you will become at it. Eventually you can walk in and out of the forest virtually undetected by anyone including wildlife. This walking technique is so effective that even the U.S. Navy Seals adopted the method of closing in on unsuspecting targets.
By using your peripheral vision, the wide angle vision technique helps you to become extremely aware of your surroundings, taking in the movements around you as a whole. Peripheral vision is a valuable resource here. If you have a problem with your side vision, then this technique may not work for you.
How to Hone in Your Wide Angle Vison
- Go outside
- Stand with your hands stretched out in front of you, palms pressed together in a horizontal “praying” position
- Close your eyes and take a deep breath
- Open your eyes
- Focus on your hands in front of you.
- Slowly pull your hands apart and stretch them out until you are holding them out as if you just stretched.
- Then wiggle your fingers.
- If you can see the that movement with both of your peripherals then you are experiencing WAV
Mastering these stealth techniques along with developing your basic survival tool skills will help you to survive like the Native Americans did. Their way of survival was very simple and it utilized nature in order to make it successful. Quite frankly they didn’t need a lot to survive. But managed with what they had.
By learning to use basic tools such as the knife and ax, they were able to multi-task by building, hunting, fishing, cleaning, and defending. You can learn it too. Following the steps outlined here and adapting it and making it your own can help you become more efficient. Master the Fox Walk and sharpen your wide angle vision to master the art of going stealth and disappearing in plain sight.
The Native American cultures were experts of using the land to benefit them. Everything they created came from things around them. The same herbal remedies that were used throughout history can be found still being used today. There is a treasury of knowledge to be learned from researching their survival techniques. When you practice the ones you learned here, you will definitely increase your chances of survival and prolong your life. And the better you become at these techniques, the better your skill set will become.