Fire by hand drill

Fire by hand drill

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

the man from Tanzania

Hi all,

I just had a very interested conversation with a man called Elias from Tanzania. he told me all about his life as a child with his tribe. The tribes name is very difficult to pronounce let alone spell so I won't insult him by trying!

Anyway the only way he created fire was with hand drill and he regularly set primitive traps on the way to school and collected what he caught on the way home. From the age of two they were shown what snakes to avoid and which were best to eat. He often raided bees for honey from holes in trees and slept out in the bush with only a fire for protection. We talked for over a hour and I learned a lot from him about traps and hand drill.

A fascinating guy. I have invited him out for a weekend in the future to see my spin on bushcraft and see what he thinks. I think he was quite excited and really hope we can get something organised.

Its amazing what you learn if you just ask.

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inactive blogger said...

I had the pleasure of knowing for a year, while he was visiting the states, a South Africa national who was in their military and later spent a lot of time with private military groups in Equatorial Africa and the Pacific Rim. He learned a lot of primitive living skills from the various people he spent time with. Sounds like this fellow could be a wealth of knowledge for you. Be interesting to see what he makes of Western bushcraft.

Hawkeye The Noo said...

Hope it works out for you. I am constantly asking myself how much I should be showing to my 5 year old and how much is too much information.