A plant given to me from a relative years ago, survived in the house and outside with little care or watering. The plant, aloe vera, was a small sprout in a small pot that I sat near the window.
Our guest writer Richard Thornton, (https://peopleofonefire.com). Richard is a true survivalist, knowing his Creek heritage, he has the intuition and experience to live off the land without any supply grid. Richard is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. Thornton is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.
Since Bonnie’s Plants, Inc. have gained a complete monopoly over potted plants sold at Walmarts, Home Depots and garden supply stores around much of the United States, Gulf Coast plant diseases have spread exponentially across the nation’s landscape. The Southeast Alabama mega-corporation probably means well, but with such a massive volume of potted vegetables and flowers being delivered nationally each week, it is quite easy for parasitic fungi, bacteria, insects and worms to become quickly established in a region, where they traditionally were never a problem. In some areas, it is becoming futile to grow members of the squash and tomato families, unless one plans to spend more money on fungicides and nematacides than the vegetables would cost in the supermarket.
Most modern Americans today think Native Americans were barbaric and unsophisticated. The reality is that these people survived for thousands of years as expert farmers, hunters and skilled laborers without a horse or modern machinery to plow acres of land.
As I recommended that everyone should have their own survival garden for the best teacher is experience. We don’t know the details how Native Americans grew their gardens 1000 years ago under our vary feet, but the early explorers were eye witnesses to some of their techniques. Using this information, my first year I used charcoal and ash to sweeten the soil but I actually made the soil more acidic. The yield was a corn stock the size of a blade of grass. The second year I used fresh fish for the source of nitrogen and my corn stocks grew 3 large ears of corn. The third year I used mulch that was not aged so my yield was one small ear of corn but I have learned a great deal in my forth year.
Survival Duty will cover many techniques to the art of pottery making for self sustainability. I am lucky to live near the birth place of pottery making in North America. About 40 miles East of Savannah Georgia, near the Savannah River, sits one of the oldest settlements in North America. The first Americans to invented ceramics for food storage. Continue reading Native American Pottery: What We Can Lean From the Master Potters?