Dieter wrote: It is the cover page of the "Wara Ippon no Kakumai - Sokatsuhen", subtitled "Nendo Tango no Tabi", which he published after his travels to the US, Europe, Africa and India. The equivalent English publication is called "Recapitulation". Nevertheless, the latter is not a translation, since the contents of both book is quite different.
Thanks, Dieter. Yes, it was a rather lovely book. Lots of colour pictures. He gave a copy to my wife when she attended his course in 2002. At the time, he was around 90, could not walk and had to be carried everywhere.
The yapparikenkou site is the only place I've seen it for sale, so that's why I'm looking for someone who can help me with the purchase.
Not sure where you are, Eric - but here in Eugene I bought mine from Georgies. They cater to all the pottery folks around, but when I asked if they had red clay the guy said, "Like the kind to make seedballs with?"
I've used their clay in my kids classes and have been very happy with the results.
Hey folks, After watching Paul's video with Jacquline Freeman, I was moved to present a permaculture approach to beekeeping for my Ecology class.
I need to cite from two scientific peer-reviewed articles or journals. Now I'm fully aware that permaculture might not be mentioned in a peer-reviewed journal, however I would like to at least find mention of either A) organic practices decreasing losses or B) evidence linking pesticide use to increasing losses.
Also, if there is an authority on the subject, I'd like to get in contact with them.
wasn't sure where to place this but at any rate, we've started a blog about traditional slow food in slovenia. i'm currently working on an article about permaculture in slovenia that should be done this weekend.
'Fireweed: A zine of grassroots radical herbalism and wild foods connecting with kids and family life'
edited by Jess
In the spirit of honesty and full disclosure, I must say up front that I have contributed a piece to this zine. However, my small contribution is not what leads me to recommend this zine as one of the most inspiring projects to occur in years. It is both the zine's unique focus as well as the assortment of authors that results in such a beautiful work.
This labor of love is the creation of Jess, a radical mama who had a vision to assemble a variety of parents and herbalists and publish their thoughts on working with children. Stories, interviews, songs, and recipes spill forth out of the pages, accompanied by delicate hand-drawn botanical illustrations courtesy of Monkeypants.
Jess starts us off with a few ideas on 'Wildcrafting with Kids.' Covering safety, help from kids, talking/listening to the plants, and spending as much time as possible outside in all kids of weather. Most importantly, she reminds readers to let go of expectations, remaining flexible and open (something that children will be more than happy to teach us).
This is followed by an interview with Cory Trusty, an herbalist who specializes in Chinese therapeutics. Cory shares her experience of wildcrafting and raising chickens in Central Florida with her daughter.
5 year old Broccoli sings praise to the almighty Plantain. Sharing with us her wisdom of the magic held by Plantago in all her glory.
In the deeply nourishing tradition of Weston A. Price and Sally Fallon, Michigan herbalist Jim Mcdonald treats readers to a recipe for ‘Bone Broth.’ Not only a delicious stock for meals, bone broth is also an indispensable medicine rich in minerals.
“Who loves a Nettle infusion Mustache?” begins the next article on ‘Good Kid Drinks.’ Jess continues the wise woman ways of Susan Weed by including some pointers on making ‘Nourishing Herbal Infusions’.
Another Herbal Parent Interview follows. This time it is the amazing herbwife Kiva Rose, co-director of the Anima Center (a wildlife sanctuary in the Gila Wilderness) and founder of Medicine Woman Tradition correspondence course. Kiva discusses how her daughter Rhiannon, by growing up immersed in an herbalist culture, learns respect and admiration for the power of plants.
Kristena Haslam Roder gives some great advice on dealing with the common cold using two spices that can be found in the average kitchen: Garlic and Ginger. Roder recounts her nightmare of having the flu for a fortnight while she had company staying for the holidays, and how Ginger and Garlic came to her rescue.
Next Maria Noel Groves encourages children to enjoy blindfold games, scavenger hunts and other herbal activities, as well as summarizing a dozen of the best herbs for kids. This active article is followed, appropriately enough, by a calming letter of thanks to ‘Dear Catnip’ where Jess recounts how Nepeta cataria helped her son as he struggled through the pain of teething.
Kiva Rose returns to celebrate the alchemy of Lacto-Fermented Brews. Lovers of homebrews, ales, and homemade wine will appreciate this ancient art as Kiva walks us through the process of making ‘Elderberry Sparkle.’
The Kitchen Herbwyfe, Sarah Head, gives a wonderful overview of ‘Herbs for Family Health.’ Covering everything from wounds to rashes to infections, her expertise is offered for infants, children, and teenagers.
Moonwolf (age 10) provides a book review of ‘Wise Child’ by Monica Furlong, and shares his opinion that every plant and animal is magical, but only individuals who truly believe can share that power.
‘One Family’s Search for Food in the Desert’ leads us through the scrub brush to the Native staple Prickly Pear. Randall Amster and Leenie Halbert touch on the Indigenous use, harvesting, nutritional qualities, and versatility of Prickly Pear.
The zine is rounded out with a list of kids books on herbs and ended with author bios and contact information.
I cannot recommend this highly enough. The wealth of information and experience is unparalleled. The first-hand accounts are so accessible, I felt as if I were seated around a campfire with old friends each sharing their adventures and stories of raising children in the herbalist tradition. Fireweed is a lovely zine ablaze with future possibilities.
One of my favorite children’s books of all time has been Thomas J. Elpel’s ‘Shanleya’s Quest.’ In this book Elpel has taken his unique approach to plant identification (the ubiquitous ‘Botany in a Day’) and simplified it to help children learn basic plant families through an engaging story. Perhaps the greatest aspect of ‘Shanleya’s Quest’ is the fact that the main character is a strong, intelligent female who bravely explores uncharted territory. ‘Shanleya’s Quest’ raised the bar for the literature that is necessary if we are to create a new culture. To craft a book of similar quality was always going to be very tough endeavor, but Jesse Wolf Hardin accomplishes just that with ‘I’m a Medicine Woman Too!’ Like ‘Shanleya’s Quest,’ IMWT! also has a strong young female as it’s protagonist. In this case it is Rhiannon, an eight year old who desires to be a Medicine Woman, but is frustrated by her young age and perceived lack of knowledge. The story is laid out in the form of a dialogue between Rhiannon and her father, who is also the narrator. The story begins by recounting her early years spent scaling the cliffs and canyons of the Southwest, following the tracks of her animal relations, and accompanying her mother on Wildcrafting excursions. As her father explains to her, it is precisely this early immersion in wilderness which laid out the foundations of her hidden knowledge. “A Medicine Woman is not something you wait to become,” he points out, “it’s what you do with your life, starting right now!” Her father goes on to help her see her own beauty and ability and it is here that IMWT!’s strength lies; Rhiannon is not talked down to and told of her ability, but rather she is encouraged to look within to discover for herself. This leads to IMWT! being a very empowering book for young children, which is needed now more than ever. Hardin also manages to avoid the urban/rural divide that many parents have wrestled with over time, when he describes that the Medicine Woman tradition of ancient times can still be found, “...in the trees, in the yard, or the shadowy far ends of a neighborhood park.” This will effectively help children who live among concrete and power lines to feel included and encouraged to explore their own urban surrounding for edible and medicinal plants. Along the way, we meet other Medicine Women of various cultures; from the Apache reservation, a Mexican curandera, and a folk healer from the Ozark mountains. These individuals help remedy the stereotype that Herbalism is either a New Age trend or an antiquated European practice. In the end, Rhiannon learns that everything a Medicine Woman needs - such as Compassion, Truth, and Curiosity - is already present within her, and that no matter what she does with her life, whether she becomes a farmer, artist, or teacher her unique abilities and skills will be a blessing. Kids can take this powerful lesson with them as they go out into the world to save, defend, heal, and nurture the Earth and all her relations. Throughout IMWT! readers will meet their plant allies both within the text (“...climbing high into a mullberry tree, gathering leaves for a lung tonic and berries for a pie”) as well as the drawings (every page has Herbal and botanical illustrations incorporated into the picture). Like the story itself, the illustrations of IMWT! were also done by Hardin. Children will find these soft, colorful hand-drawn sketches calming and pleasant to the eye. Also, Hardin has included many items which parents and children will find familiar such as the excellent Wildcraft! board game lying by Rhiannon’s bare feet, or the bookshelf with titles like ‘Where the Wild Things Are,’ Rosemary Gladstar’s ‘A Family Herbal’ and Juliette de Bairacli Levy’s ‘Nature’s Children.’ This helps to reinforce the connection between the reader and Rhiannon. As a bonus, at the end of the book there is a Name the Herb Game where readers can test their memory and Herbal knowledge. Example: “Page 32 - The plant and root below this Medicine Woman is a kind of wild licorice used for the lungs by Herbalists in China and elsewhere. Another classic lung Herb is the tall plant growing next to her, with soft fuzzy leaves and a tall seed stalk. What is its name?” ‘I’m a Medicine Woman, Too!’ is a beautiful work of art. A truly magical story that is essential if we are to realize our wildest dreams of a more healthy and beautiful world.