Howdy Folks of Great Hollow,
I’m Daniel Quiray, and this spring I’ll be helping Greg with teaching the Wilderness Skills Class. For over a decade I’ve been actively involved in learning, practicing, and teaching “primitive” skills, the skills that indigenous people worldwide have used to live for thousands of years. In particular the physical technologies and gathering of plant materials have interested me and consumed many hours of my time. I also spend a lot of time foraging, kayaking, and exploring, on top of reading and writing and occasionally making my own hair-gel (after all, not all of wilderness living is subsistence).
As a recent graduate of Rhode Island College’s School of Anthropology, I gained invaluable experience and insight into the traditional lifeways of indigenous people throughout the world, but especially those in our own backyard. This education has dovetailed nicely with my long held interest in primitive and wilderness living, as well as my belief that living sustainably and in tune with our landbases is important not only for our own satisfaction but for the freedom and wellbeing of the rest of our human and non-human relations.
I see these skills as the base, the roots, that allows us to create cultures in tune with the rest of the world, cultures in which people live freely. From these roots we can grow a healthy tree. I’m very glad to have the opportunity to work with a great group of people doing something so important, and I’m sure I’ll have a great time with all of the young people enrolled. I look forward to a future in which we’re once again free to live indigenously, and I’m excited to play a part in that.
See you in the woods!
Daniel N. Quiray