We share many ancient skills at Wild Intelligence. Some, like archery and rabbit sticks, involve projectile hunting tools. And they are particularly exhilarating. Who doesn’t love to watch their arrow arc through space and land quivering in the target?
We discuss and use these tools in their original context as hunting tools, not as weapons of combat. All of our ancestors at one time were hunter gatherers. Accordingly, we may talk about hunting and tell personal or ancestral stories about hunting. These stories provide cultural context, ethical guideposts, historical understanding, and mythological lessons. We however, do not hunt or teach hunting in summer camp.
Summer camp will offer opportunities to fish in the Oconee River. Fishing will be predominantly catch and release. We may however, offer the opportunity to clean, cook, and eat our catch in the field. No fish will be carried home alive or dead.
The respectful processing of a fish or other animal can be a remarkably connecting experience. It provides a deeper understanding of natural cycles and of our commonality with other animals. It is also a very useful life skill. We feel that there is something particularly wild and connecting about eating natural plant and animal foods. Taking that energy into our bodies, making it us, is a powerful experience. Please know that Wild Intelligence places a great emphasis on respect and safety during all of these experiences. We also understand that some of these activities may be edgy or a sensitive experience for some parents or children.
To provide opportunities to connect to nature with real world hunter gatherer activities and skills including:
That participation in such activities is entirely optional
To inform parents that animal processing is a part of the experience of a Wild Intelligence program (this letter serves this purpose)