I am always looking for others who would want to be involved in some kind of desert "tribe’ in the near future. I am pretty much sold on the desert as opposed to other ecoregions for many practical and personal reasons and for the fact that I have never felt so close or at home with other people and the land other than in the desert. Maybe I am idealistic and such but I basically would like to live with others in a similar way to how I have lived with the Bedouin as it’s the closest I have come to a perfect social arrangement. I would prefer to base the economics more around hunting with a little herding rather than herding with a little hunting if the ecoregion allows for it, at least that is what I am striving for at this point in time.
I do think some small scale goat or camel herding can be helpful to contributing to the meat supply and weeding people off the grocery store , and what percentage of importance herding or permaculture/gardening would take among a small group of people living together after some time I can’t really say and it would depend alot on the available fauna/flora of the desert and whether the people involved would be interested in hunting for all of their protein needs. However until that decision is made a few goats, chickens or the like can help feed you and your friends as you hone your hunting skills and allow for less dependence on store-bought meat.
Basically having spent time with modern tribal peoples one really gets a feel for what is possible between people; economically, socially, spiritually. Sure no modern or historic tribe is or was ever perfect, but there is a huge big noticeable difference to me how people can connect when they are living “tribally” and “together” “for each other” out in camps or otherwise out on the land as opposed to how they don’t connect when they are "living as strangers"in settlements and not sharing food, not sharing experiences, not contributing to each other socially, economically, spiritually.
Prior to 2005 I would have thought that maybe people living together in some tribal-type communal situation wouldn’t be practical in this day and age or that it was just romanticism but once I experienced life among modern day tribal peoples my whole outlook changed because I was seeing it and experiencing it right in front of me. It wasn’t perfect but it was much closer to my heart and soul than any other social arrangement I have participated in.
And it is just those satisfying human communal experiences that make all the difference in meeting one’s needs, IMO. Hunting with others, feasting with others and basically sharing the beautiful desert land with others has been the best of times for me. Nothing can match those experiences except for similar experiences. Only in the desert living that life have I ever said to myself “Yea I am perfectly content with life right now” or “This is how I should be living” etc etc. Times like slaughtering goats and sharing the meat around the fire at night everyone sitting around in a circle, going out hunting with other men walking for hours driving a little rabbit toward those armed with weapons and then cooking the rabbit and everyone having a share in it even though it’s only a little meat for everyone’s portion, bringing home some desert pigeons to share with my friend’s family and preparing and cooking and eating them together, spending time telling stories at night and camping out under the stars beside my close friends.
It’s always a learning experience when I can share a small part of these experiences with another or several other persons. Going alone isn’t something that fulfills the human needs, I think we are more like wolves, we are evolved to share the life with each other.