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Under Blue Sky The Life of a Herdsman

 
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I promised someone I would tell my story so here it is.A life of a herdsman.

I have been silent for too long.
Where our you from?I was born in Pittsburgh Steeler Country.
I cam from Montana.
How do you like it here?
I like it here.
These our the questions yo will hear in the desert.
They our good conversation starters I have learned.
My mother is  a teacher now retired.
My father was an electrician now in prison.due to get out soon.I give alot of credit to my uncle Eugene"Geno" A vietnam Vet.He is a strong figure who raised me.
I was born 141 am the house I was raised in was on 141 Victoria.There is a 100 acre family farm we would go there often.I have fond memories of that place I was taught many things there.So much plant diversity in the North East.
Alot of tree species.----
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I had a troubled adolescence growing up with out a father.I could only hear his voice on the phone.I drank,did drugs as most youth do.was destructive.I did not enjoy high school and often left after 2nd period which was art class.I would walk to the park and rose garden near by and play in the woods.I am thankful for my mothers driving force or "naggig"as it is sometimes called.She motivated me to get my G.E.D. and drivers license.I had a job off and on since I was 15.First I dishwashed.worked at horse camp at my aunts work.I really like being outside and by the river.Me and my friends would go camp by the river and get drunk,fish and build forts.I will never forget you Ricky.you left too soon.I realized one day after working this job or that job I wanted to work outside.I did odd jobs and landscaping for friends and family members.One day my mom told me about Bidwell training center.A grant program free school.(if you look hard enough there is free school out there.)They had a horticulture program.I took a test and was accepted.I hardly missed a day.(maybe 3 days being sick)I would show up early.Leave at 4am to beat traffic and wait till 7:30 when the school doors open.Often walking on the river trail.For once in my life I completed all my homework.It was mostly hands on and they helped me along the way.They even had a hydroponic set up and were growing orchids in a 2 acre greenhouse in the city.They took us on field trips every 2 weeks.I made many good friends.I graduated moved to the family farm and got a job at a tree nursery.
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I hit some bumps in the road in between here and there.Started gardening and planting trees on the farm.I was introduced to was introduced to masanbu fukwoaka sepp holzer and bill mollison thanks to my friend andy who sat behind me.Worked at a landscape company.fell in love once or twice and out.I was gardening hardcore at this point.had a 20 by 40 foot patch.I volunteered with an organization called Quiet creek. They our a positive force in my life.they taught me many things and provided me with postive reinforcement.instead of debby downing me like some peers do.(People places things people move the hell away.)We went mushroom picking,planting maple groves,blueberry picking,gardening,soap making,herb walks,herbal medicine,bread making,worm composting.The list goes on and on.I still talk to them to this day.The families sons would teach me many things as well while riding unicycles climbing trees and running thru the woods.I was reading heavy masanobu fukowa ruth stout,ben law at this point.I was putting the words into practice.I had noone to share it with at home though.I ran across a website called permies.I was reading things on there,studying and experimenting.They had this thing called ant village where this kid named Evan and his friend Kai were doing all kinds of cool things.Building houses,gardening,Shooting weasels with arrows and eating them.I thought man I wanna do that.I was working at a railroad tie plant and finally one day I said i'm going.I put in a months notice,bought my bus ticket and packed my bags.I had never seen such high mountains,grasslands and snow covered peaks.The blackhills in south dakota were alien to me.Somewhere in South Dakota a guy got all drunk and started screaming.Then he did dust angels in the dirt outside the bus.The driver left him there and called the law.Evan and kai picked me up from the bus station and the rest is history.I arrived at ant village ready to work.I followed Kai and Evan around like a puppy dog.Sometimes they didnt know what to do with me.They would say maybe go help so and so.Take it easy bro your still on the clock.I think a couple of days after staying there I was invited on a cruise to see mike Oehlers place.The underground house builder.It was amazing.I had never seen anything like it before in my life.There were hobbit houses carved into the hillsides and a mansion on the ridge.I was invited on many more expeditions to other places which maybe ill cover later?
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maybe i won't who knows?Eventually the boys decided I should build a house on Josh's plot.So I set to work building a house.I had a alot of help from Gappers and ants alike and built a house just in time while also helping others.(You get burnt out you know gotta walk away from the project sometimes and also have fun.Go swim in the river.Pick Huckleberries.)Paul and Jocelyn our the owners of this homestead and basecamp.Paul is eccentric a man of alot of ideas.Jocelyn for me is a motherly figure.We call her Saint Jocelyn.I talk to Paul mostly about Dune,some science fiction.Sometimes if he's in the mood he'll play a game.I talk to Jocelyn about gardening,help cooking.We listen to music.Alot of potlucks and many fine memories.Two houses and a kitchen later.Lots of square dancing and dumpster diving with Fred the pecan shaman and lord of the dance floor.(Sometimes i think he leaves trails of fire he's so fast.)Lots of interesting characters passing thru from the states and across the ocean.(Let it be known tim the australian finally had his first squirrel compliments of the strawhat.)For personal reasons,a crazy women and wild fires.I got a job in town working day labor.One day I was talking to a wise man on the phone and he says If your work you might as well do something you like.So Every landscaper I see working in town I start asking if there hiring.Finally a guy calls me and says I heard your looking for work do you want the job?Yes when can I start? Monday.So I work all over Missoula and in some other counties even at an airport.All te while dealing with crazy women.While in the hospital with her one day I say what do I want to do with myself?I want to herd and shear sheep!
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I contact several organizations.Dine Be Iina gets back to me.They put me in touch with a very talented individual pretty much family and close friend Roy.Roy is a fiber artist a weaver,felter,shearer,and herder.You name it he's done it.A damn good cook too.He drives an old beatu ford truck.He's gotta little dog named tsilly.Raises sheep and goats on a 2 acre farm.He teachs me the ins and outs of everything.How to cook.How to herd sheep.How to shear.How to set up a loom.How to tell which direction your going.(I have a broken compass I still get lost driving.Not walking though interesting enough.I think maybe driving is too fast paced for me.)I am taken to many events called spin offs.Where people get together and teach each other crafts.I learn knitting from my friend Rose.(Rose is also a badass farmer I didnt even know.)I am fed well.(I can eat for 10 people.)I have the desert and mesa pretty much to myself.although I share it with wild horses,coyotes,foxes,jack rabbitshorn toads and the like.I herd everywhere around.I am invited to many family events.I am invitred to meetings and various occasions.Roy,his sister and I sometimes go see a movie.Especially if it's starwars.His sister will go see a chickflick.My neighbor Rozz often comes over for coffee.She was retired but now has a little job in town.We move the sheep and goats up to the summer pasture.It is about a 25-30 mile hike.We split it into two days and setup basecamp and corral at base of mountain.It is a struggle and feer our sore but we make it to the sheep camp triumphant.This is my home for the next four months.I don't want to leave.Just give me a women,a horse and a yurt and I will stay.We have a huge party when we make it up the mountain with lots of food and mutton.My friend butchers.We help clean it.I am full beyond full and take 2 naps.Everybody packs up leaves the next morning.It is quiet.My new neighbors our wild horses,mountain lions,bears,squirrels,rabbits,blue birds, paw patrol seven dogs,cows and sheep goats.It is quiet here.I like it that way.I often talk to my mom in the morning.Sometimes I talk to my friends which is good.The mountain doesn't allow me to talk while herding sheep.Its my signal off and ends my calls.It is alive and it allows my to be here.I truly believe that.My friend Roy visits from time to time.WE laugh and carry on with whoever decides to join him.I have grown as a person out and have many more friends.They our good to me.They give me food,water,shelter,tell jokes,make me laugh.Text me and ask me how im doing.I miss the strawhats I call or text and pester them from time to time.My Mecca is Mongolia.I get whatever library book I can get my hands on and read about it.Sometimes I watch youtube when I can.I will live there someday and herd sheep on horse like here.This is my story.My history.I have shortened it there our many chapters missing but I don't want to bore you.I want to keep up with the present not the past.I have been told I should share my story so I wil.Maybe you will learn something from it?Maybe I will learn something from it?
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vaccinations and helping setting up a loom.Life has been a whirlwind.I want to try and document some of it again to share experience.Planting in the field now and soon sheep will migrate from 5000 feet to 9000 feet.
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Sheared some sheep then proceeded to make the wool into some felt.Felted scarf and felted soap.My friend Hoofy wild mustang I caught in the wild started training myself with some mentorship from my great cowboy friend Mr.Smiley.
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Just before Corona virus outbreak I had a visit from some Badass Strawhats.( I have edited the photo out of respect when your a space pirate you must be anonymous.)Roy Kai me and taco libre.Without the friendship of these men I would not be where I am at today.They have literally given me the clothes off their backs. Sent me seeds to plant,gave me beso,gifts Drove me to see my family in Pennsylvania and have come visited me At home.My son Zo a gift from the gods.When you have children it really changes your perspective on life. will be here we have always been here.I hear all the time I'm just here Kno.Planted blue corn today.Next week we will plant yellow corn.Then the following week we will plant copper corn.
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Hello fellow permies I am in need of some research material for my next project.The Construction of a ger.I want to build a ger for my family to live in.we currently stay in a small rv do to coronavirus no way to heat it this winter(can't build permanent structure.).I feel that a ger will help my family tremendously.If you'd like to help in my cause donate this books or any information on building gers.Anybody willing to help send to P.O.Box 1132 Ben Skiba Teec Nos Pos Arizona.Thank you and I hope your growing season is going well.

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.... Thank You for telling your story.... it has helped this reader more than words can express.

... it is a comfort and reassurance to hear another person's story - in their own words - at a time when the world seems to have come apart.

... looking forward to the next chapter - Best Wishes....
 
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Thank you Thomas for your words of encouragement.It has given me inspiration to continue spinning my story.Life gets really busy sometimes.
 
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So the raw thoughts our spun into yarn,the yarn into chapters the book  a weaving.This is from october of 2019.Taking the sheep down.I trained a wild mustang by the name of hoofy.I trailed the sheep up with him.When I got up on the mountain I corralled him.He was busted out the corral by some wild horses.My friend was able to get the halter off of him.Afterwards I was able to walk up too him two times.The first time I rubbed some herbs in a cut he had received from escaping.The second time I walked up to him my friend was able to capture this picture.I never saw him again.We spent majority of the summer at sheep camp in a canvas tent.We hung out with a cool sheepherder from connecticut named Lucas who was going to the mariines after herding sheep for the summer.Inbetween we built forts and helped herd sheep.My mother even came to visit for awhile to see her grandson.It was good we stayed up there and brought family members up to the mountain who havent lived or seen the traditional way in quiet sometime.Some pictures of sheepherders,Some strawhats that hitchhiked a ride to take sheep back down.Some fall scenes of the mountain.I'll post somemore tomorrow.May the spring rains bring you bountyful harvests.Thank you my friends.
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We went for a hike into the mountain to a secret location where we harvested turquise.It's somewhat chalky when raw.We stabilized it with chemicals.Then later we cut it.Then proceeded to polish it.This is done with a tile saw blade and polishing wheel pictured below.We ended up with a green turquise.It was awesome hunting for the turquise.There our many stones that can be made into jewelry and warn.Turquise carries a special meaning out here in SouthWest.To be continued.
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During the summer a mother horse died and her colt was running around her corpse.A friend was able to catch the colt and asked me if I wanted it.I had just lost the black horse Hoofy earlier that summer so I agreed.I met him and his mom half way up the road with my horse trailer.My friend had him tied up in the back of the truck like a sheep.We put him in the horse trailer and untied him.He was pretty beat up and in bad shape.I took him to our house and called around asking how to bottlefeed.I drove down the road to one of my sheepherder brother's and borrowed some milk mix for baby colts.He has twice now rescued orphanned colts.He instructed me how to mix the milk gave me a big bottle to use and I nursed the little guy back to health.my son first time on horseback.My friend who caught him named him PonyBoy.

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Sometimes I don't know what to say to people so I say nothing.Other times I rant away like a chatter box.I think it's ok to be quiet.We our so used to noise and hustle and bustle.It scares us when we our quiet.it's ok.Everything is ok.My lady,kids and I our going to school for 5 months my lady is taking silversmith i'm taking horse shoeing.When I arrived I couldnt trim a horse.I couldnt nail a shoe on.I could ride alright thats about it.I'm glad I have patient teachers who dont get upset with my slow learning process.Today I shoed a horse completely by myself and im proud of it.Another level I feel like goku dragonballz.Never stop learning keep leveling up in life.
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Forged a knife today out of an old rasp file.Just gotta put it on the grinding wheel to sharpen it then drill holes in handle.I'll post when I make some more progress.I keep reaching for a knife but don't have one.Why go to the store when I can make one!My teacher has taught me the basics of blakcsmithing.I also learned some welding.It opens up your eyes to the possiblities.Like I can make pretty much any tool I use.Not to mention wood chisels and gouges.Froes for making shingles etc.I heard the first thunder just the other day.They say once the you hear the first thunder the bears our up,the snakes our up,and anything else that hybernates no more winter stories.alot of people our starting seedlings and getting beds ready.The first signnnns of spring.To be continued.
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We went on a family trip to bosque redondo.The long walk.Fort Summer.Not a happy place for my lady and daughter and sons tribe.But in this place of great sorrow.They have built a museum and have Navajo Churro sheep.I was told later by an elder really your not supposed to visit.We did somethings to counter the negativity of the place said prayers and such afterwards.I wanted my daughter to learn some history and understand what the longwalk ment.Perhaps when she's only I can explain.We went on springbreak for a week from school.So we traveled back home.I was spotted at the trading post and asked to chainsaw some wood for several people.Sometimes i feel like a living legend.
Well I hope all of you our enjoying your journey.Spring is near and alot of folks our starting seedlings.Good time to read some chapters in Sepp Holzer's books.Do some grafting,plant some saplings.
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... Thank You for the update; always looking forward to them... hope You and Family are doing well.

.... read the Tony Hillerman series years ago; very enchanting and informative.... always wondered if the Dine still kept the old ways, and strove to 'Walk in Beauty'; hopefully so.....
 
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It's a struggle to keep traditional ways but still have the modern world.One of the biggest challenges is technology.Computers,phones.Perhaps going to a remote location without service once a week could help with this?Alot of the youth aren't learning the language or practicing alot of traditions.But Some are.I even know some that grew up without the traditional ways but have learned them.Have learned the language.There is hope.The culture is still here.Hopefully in 100 years it will still be here.They have adapted to many things.I don't think the Dine people will go away.They will adapt and hopefully always carry their identity.


I had a strange dream about wheaton labs.They had got the well drilled on the lab.It is very successful.Lots of ponds,Food forests.Giant apricot trees,and peaches.flora and fauna.I was walking with some faces that I remember and they were showing me the many things they have accomplished.Not to brag but because they were excited to share with me the beauty of the land.I thought it was interesting.I have roots here now but I wish the folks there much success.Hopefully I can visit one day.I'm always forgetting to take pictures because i'm to focused on the moment.It's good to have friends and family that our photographers.The mighty Zo all decked out.

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Silversmithed some bezzels last night for a cuff bracelet.Ria's drawing and mountain times.Four more weeks of school then back home.I'm trying to open some doors and see what happens put myself out there.It's hard to come out of your defensively fortified turtle shell sometimes.Well enjoy your day.
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My horses look like cows.Finished my bracelet last night.All iced out and protected from the witches.Have a good day.
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Hoof locusts."But the arch destroyers are the shepherds, with their flocks of hoofed locusts, sweeping over the ground like a fire, and trampling down every rod that escapes the plow as completely as if the whole plain were a cottage garden-plot without a fence."

I actually believe if you manage your animals properly you can heal the land.Horses bring rain in some traditions.I've been told part of the reason is all the boundaries and fences.People used to be able to migrate far and wide.coming back to the land when it had rested.The hooves from the buffalo,antelope would till the soil.Now a days animals our trapped and over graze.

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