Are you a history buff? Do you love spending time in nature? Then this episode is for you! I’m here with Arthur Haines, who is a forager and ancestral skills educator, an author, and a botanical researcher. He lives in Maine, where he’s known for his knowledge about things like tracking, foraging, wild plants, and ancestral practices.
Obviously, most of us are not going to go back to a hunter-gatherer type existence and live in the woods. (Well… maybe my husband would!) Still, understanding how our ancestors lived sheds light on modern life and why our biology is wired the way it is. We also go pretty deep on the idea of ancestral parenting, and how these tribes interacted with their children in such a different way.
I just love how unique this conversation is. Chime in with your thoughts in the comments!
Episode Highlights With Arthur Haines
- Commonalities of indigenous people when it comes to nutrition
- Why indigenous tribes were omnivorous
- The reason all tribes traditionally consumed cooked and uncooked foods
- What we can learn from indigenous people about sleep (it’s more than just light)
- How position and temperature impact sleep and how to hack this for maximum benefit
- What we can learn about movement patterns from history and biology
- The dramatic lessons we can learn about community and parenting from these communities
- How sovereign even small children were in previous tribes and generations
- Important ways to respect a child’s autonomy
- Why these tribes didn’t have formal education and what we can learn from this
- Top lessons we can learn from biological norms and how to implement them
- How to 80/20 what we know of optimal biology
- And more!
Resources We Mention
- Arthur Haines
- Chili Pad Sleep System
- A New Path: To Transcend the Great Forgetting Through Incorporating Ancestral Practices into Contemporary Living by Arthur Haines
- Ancestral Plants Volume 1: A Primitive Skills Guide To Important Edible, Medicinal, and Useful Plants of the Northeast (Ancestral Plants Volume 2) by Arthur Haines
- New England Wild Flower Society’s Flora Novae Angliae by Arthur Haines
- The Tracker by Tom Brown
- Sleeping Positions Article
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