Hey, everybody! I hope someone sees this…
Pretty soon I’m going to be starting a new blog called “The Fabulous Forager.” It’s going to be a light-hearted look at the more luxurious elements of hunter-gatherer life (sleeping on a bed of furs, anyone?) with an emphasis on girly-girl stuff like fashion, makeup, and jewelry. The idea is to use humor to dispell the widespread notion that tribal life is “nasty, brutish, and short.”
Now here’s the thing: I don’t actually know anything about primitive fashion, makeup, and jewelry. I’ve read primitive skills books, sure, but they always focus on the really basic stuff like making fire and building shelter. Sometimes a guide to edible plants will mention in passing that this one particular plant has berries that were used by some Native American group or another to make paint… but of course, it never explains how. I am not yet the “fabulous forager.” As my screen name suggests, I’m the prissiest primitivist. I aspire to be the fabulous forager, but I’m not there yet. Mainly, I’m going to be learning as I go; if I write an article about, say, how various hunter-gatherer women take care of whatever body hair they want to get rid of (for instance, I’ve heard of clamshells being used to pluck eyebrows), that’s probably because I just learned about it the week before.
So this is a general call-out for information. If you know any nifty tidbits about primitive luxury that you’d like me to know/write about, please post them here! And if you know of any websites that specialize in that sort of thing, please post those links as well.
Oh, and, er, also if you can find any campy pin-up girl-style pictures (for example, a glamorous woman wrapped in fur and/or feathers) that Jason could use when he designs the logo for the new blog… that would also help a lot.