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Handy Resources: Free copy of “Where There Is No Doctor”

Hesperian Health Guides which publishes books like Where There Is No Doctor and Where There Is No Dentist makes digital copies of their books available on their website for free.  Visit the Books and Resources page of their website to download them.  Their site will prompt you to enter your contact information to sign up for their newsletter, but you can skip that if you like.  The books are licensed under an open copyright, so you can distribute them freely within certain limits.

The titles available on the website include:

  • Where There Is No Doctor
  • Where Women Have No Doctor
  • A Community Guide to Environmental Health
  • Advance Chapters from the NEW Where There Is No Doctor
  • A Book for Midwives
  • Where There Is No Dentist
  • Helping Health Workers Learn
  • Disabled Village Children
  • A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities
  • Helping Children Who Are Deaf
  • Helping Children Who Are Blind
  • Pesticides Are Poison
  • Sanitation and Cleanliness
  • Water for Life
  • Advance Chapters from A Workers Guide to Health and Safety

One-string Sling

Found this video on You-Tube, and I gave it a try.

Making the sling came without too much difficulty.  Using it, however, presented more of a challenge.

If you want to try it out, check out Slinging Advice for Beginners over at

Learning to get along

Willem Larsen of The College of Mythic Cartography and TrackersNW talks about the aspects of rewilding that often fall through the cracks: invisible skills.

As Jason Godesky has pointed out before, “primitive skills are, in general, easy to learn, and difficult to master.”  I think this holds true all the more for invisible skills like communication, teamwork, and peacemaking.

Listen to Willem discuss these elusive skills in this YouTube video from TrackersNW.

Rewild your language: Talking Hands

Folks at have discussed the value of sign language in terms of rewilding.  One of the users (jhereg) pointed out this blog that discusses Native American sign language. 

That post led me to discover some great YouTube videos of vintage 1930s footage of Plains Indians signing.  You can view the full set of them on tommyfoley’s Videos page at YouTube, and check out this sample from the series (part 4 of 6) that shows the signs for several varieties of flora and fauna.

Learning to walk

Be sure to also check out Jason Godesky’s in-depth article on this subject over at the Anthropik network.

Learning to sense

Willem Larsen over at The College of Mythic Cartography leads a body and movement skills program up in Portland entitled SHIFT.  Calling it “feral marshal-art”, Willem describes the kind of skills they practice at SHIFT:

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