Posts Categorized: Philosophy of Tracking

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    “Hesh!”, or, “the Heroic Roadkill”

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    Every once in a while I run across the Dead, lying in gutters, their faces sometimes peaceful, sometimes locked in a final grimace of pain, eyes milky or shriveled shut. I almost always stop to witness and pay my respects. A teacher of mine, Martín Prechtel, talks about an old Tzutujil Mayan practice of throwing… Read more »

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    Endless Blessings

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    Play games, my friends, play games. Cultural creation starts with play – and matures as structured play, what we call “a game”. The folks doing the most important work culturally I often find in the world of games. I offer up Bernie De Koven, of DeepFun, as a fantastic example of this. I’ve long known… Read more »

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    The Paradox That Wasn’t

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    The animated video below explains “the Fermi Paradox”, a paradox only to the infantile or insane. The idea that knowing the high probability of life on any one of billions of habitable worlds, that it must naturally beg the question, “Where are all the ‘advanced civilizations’ – where are all the spaceships?” The madness of this… Read more »

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    Accelerating Self-Decolonization With A New View of Life

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    My ancestors go back through Ireland, England, Denmark, Germany, Austria, all the way back to the cradle of the earliest form of my recognizable ancestry on the Central Asian and Eastern-European steppe. My people worked for empire and civilization for a long, long time. And so decolonization looks very different for me than for indigenous peoples… Read more »

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    High Contrast Thinking

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    In my opinion, you can “be right”, or you can learn. As simple as that. The pursuit (or belief in) Rightness closes doors, closes perception, closes awareness. The avoidance of Wrongness creates hesitation, cowardice, smallness. It diametrically opposes bravery and discovery. Rightness also misleads, because the universe simply doesn’t work that way. However, I’ve come… Read more »

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    Literacy and Tracking

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    A person could argue that most of the living world “reads” constantly. Like introverts in the library, we never want leave the constant unfolding stories carried by winds, scented earth, star positions, ocean currents, body languages. All beings – whether bears or bees, clouds or cormorants, lichen or lithic giants slumbering under the sky, we all… Read more »

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    The Landscape Within A Track

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    Controversy swirls around author, teacher, and tracker Tom Brown, Jr., I can’t deny it. As founder and head instructor-for-life at The Tracker School in New Jersey, he has made a career out of having strong opinions without any apologies. And yet one thing, that he said in the very first class I ever took, has… Read more »

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    Serve Your Community – Find the Lost and the Missing

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    Recently attended my second class with man tracker Fernando Moreira. Had an amazing time – night tracking with flashlights, blind-folded tracking by feel, tracking across debris, sand, grass, gravel, approaching vehicles in a search and rescue scenario, tracking as a team, and on and on. In my current opinion, every tracker must have the ability to… Read more »

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    The CoMC Archives Are Now A Hard-Copy Book

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    I tried the zine format and it didn’t quite work – the zines came out very thick, over a hundred pages on several issues. So, remembering that god created bound books for just this purpose, I’m going the Lulu route. You can buy the gathered archives from 2004-2013, over 500 pages of animistic musings, for $35.00,… Read more »

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    The CoMC Archives Are Now A Zine

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    Alright, I’ve changed my strategy here – I know there are those of you interested in a more readable form of the old writing here, but I’ve gotten very few buyers of the ebooks. So, I decided to experiment with making the ebooks into a zine format. The first zines I’m making are of course… Read more »

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    For the Love of Tracking

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    The College of Mythic Cartography originally came into this world to really celebrate the interface between Story and Land, and as a love letter to animal tracking. It has grown beyond that to encompass much more, but its roots lie there. For all that, I don’t talk much about the practice of animal tracking –… Read more »

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    The CoMC, years 2004-2005, Now In Ebook Format

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    So, I’ve been working on making the archives of this blog more accessible, and more readable. To that end, I’ll release ebooks for each year, combining years for those times when other priorities distracted me too much to keep blogging. Each book should run at least 40 pages. If enough folks buy them, I’ll combine… Read more »

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    To Tell – And Retell – A Story

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    One of the few other folks blogging about rewilding animist stories – meaning, as non-indigenous, long-ago colonized people who perpetuate colonization to this day, re-indigenising and de-colonizing our oldest tales, on a never-ending path of re-becoming traditional for we who have long forgotten our original traditions – Heather Awen at Eaarth Animist responded to my… Read more »

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    Remembering Giants

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    As I’ve written before, I believe Giants in every pagan religion (non-animist), represent the Land themselves, the clans of the land, the vast diversity of watersheds and manyscapes. But even more than that, I now perceive for myself that Giants embody something even deeper than this – they embody the great underpinning of all memories,… Read more »

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    The First Murder

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    So. According to some tellings of the tales of the Norse Knights of the Round Table, also known as the Aesir, or “the Norse Gods”, in their Camelot fantasy land of Asgard… Let’s start again. You may have heard this story, one way of telling the Creation of the World. I believe every Creation story… Read more »