SURVIVAL BOOK REVIEW
"Survival Skills of Native California" by Paul D. Campbell is the BIBLE of ancient Native American survival methods and information about how the aboriginal Californian Indians survived off the wilderness CA lands for eons a detailed survival guide and survivalist manual based on factual information developed in California over 10,000 years by surviving North American Indian tribes of southwest USA and northern Baja, Mexico.
"Paul's survival book is more than just an interesting book on Native American people and their aboriginal survival methods and primitive weaponry it belongs in every tribal library, in every California family's EMERGENCY SURVIVAL KIT.
"The book literally provides life-saving, step-by-step instructions for surviving off the wilderness lands in California, including its harshest deserts, its most unforgiving mountain ranges, and its bountiful seashores and rivers all in a very useful and informative style."
Survival Skills of Native California © 1999 Paul Douglas Campbell
-KUMEYAAY.INFO webmaster, G BALLARD
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
Cover Design: Kurt Wahlner
Interior Design: Roderick C. Burton
CALIFORNIA INDIAN BOWS & ARROWS KUMEYAAY.INFO museum features an excerpt from Paul D. Campbell's survival book "Survival Skills of Native California" to review his professional photography pictures photos illustrations, a wealth of accurate information on genuine authentic Indian bows arrows and expert traditional bow makers of North America.
"A monumental book...a work of a lifetime and genuine research. Real primitive technology at its best; the real thing, not about imitations."
Errett Callahan, PhD, primitive technology expert and founder of the Society of Primitive Technology
"Every now and then you come across a book that is not only good, but fantastic, life-changing, and revolutionary. Campbell is the one author who finally put it all together in a cohesive unity that makes you sit up in your chair and realize that someone finally got it right. His work covers all of California, and it covers all the skills that people utilize day in day out...a thoroughly complete book, extensive, detailed, point by point of how early Californians lived. This is the book I dreamed for when I was growing up. I am glad someone finally wrote it!"
- Christopher Nyerges, author, editor, and outdoor skills instructor
"Any westerner who wishes to maintain traditional contact with Mother Earth will find Paul Campbell's book a virtual treasure chest of information. Paul knows his subject extremely well, and his students, the skills and values needed to appreciate our natural world in its native setting."
- Justin Farmer, Northern Diegueño Elder, author, and authority on California Indian baskets, Founder of the Justin Farmer Foundation
From the survival book:
"Not an end in itself, California survival lore unlocks a paradise too long maligned as mere unused land marked for development.
"Beyond the sprawl, the asphalt, the final orchard gate, the very end of the last dirt road, looms the mystery and vitality of California wilderness.
"The stars there still glitter like ice, the sun burns more brightly.
"Valleys, mountains, streams, deserts and sea not long ago all of California was wilderness.
"The first Californians lived in harmony with that untamed place, using skills refined over 10,000 years.
"For those who believed in the sacredness, it was a garden, carefully tended...".
-Paul D. Campbell, 1942 -
PART ONE: BASIC SKILLS, TOOLS OF GATHERING & FOOD PREPARATION, IMPLEMENTS OF HOUSEHOLD & PERSONAL NECESSITY
"How Coyote Brought Fire to the Karok"
Fire Some Indian Tips
"Shelter: A Continuum of Simplicity"
Willow-framed Dome Houses
Chumash Water Bottle
California Cordage Fibers and Technology
California Digging Stick
Acorns and Other Bitter Nuts
Mortar and Pestle
Acorn Storage Basket
Closely Twined and Coiled Baskets
A Breakfast of Sweet Acorn Mush With Boiled Shank of Venison
Southern California Pottery
Greens, beans, Flowers and Other Vegetables
Sugar and Salt
Berries, Cherries and Other Fruit
Pine and Other not So Bitter Nuts
Seeds and Seed beaters
California Survival Basket
A Strange Baja Basket
Wooden Bowls, Buckets and Vials
The Technology of Good Grooming
Native California Clothing an Overview
Elderberry Bark Skirt
Yucca and Agave Fiber Sandals of Southern California
Yucca Slab Survival Sandals
Diegueño Rawhide Sandals
Plaited Yucca Sandals
California Elderwood Flute
Indian Stick Game
PART TWO: HUNTING & FISHING
"California Indian Bows"
The Northern California Wide-limbed, Sinew-backed Bow
The Sierra Nevada Hook-ended Sinew-backed Bow
The Southern California Plain Wood Bow
Northern California Arrows
Southern California Arrows
How to Shoot an Indian Bow
The California Atlatl
The Atlatl Dart
Throwing the Atlatl Dart
How to Stalk, Kill and Eat a White-throated Woodrat
California Hunting Magic: Split-twig Figurines
California Rabbit Sticks
Twined Bags and Hide Sacks
Wooden War Clubs
Insects: Small Quarry, Big Protein
How California Indians Made Tule Balsas
Tule Serving Tray
Twined Double Basket Pomo Fish Trap
Harpoons, Fish and Sea Mammals
Fish and Shellfish Preparation
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