You are probably looking at that title and saying what in the world does a title like that mean?
American Indians-Disaster Management–Group Living and Survival Knives
It was meant to encompass the high points of this article without writing a paragraph for a title. My wife is American Indian and I have always found the stories that have been passed down to her from her family of survival and bravery to be very interesting and wondered what the tragedy that has been visited upon them and their natural way of life prior could teach us now as we begin to take on a preppers way of life.
Of course the more one knows about natural law and the way things really work outside our man made world the better off a prepper will be. There is no doubt that much of the wisdom has been lost even to those that are close to the Indian tradition but at the same time even looking from the outside in we can learn a lot.
Those of us in the United States are quite naive to think that this empire that in terms of History is really quite young, is anything other than destined to fail at some point in the future. For those of us that intend to make it past that point by being as ready as possible for what is coming need to gather as much of the knowledge from every place we can and what better treasure trove than from the American Indian.
Indians Lived In Groups For Survival
It is a common theme when you begin to read about and learn about prepping for disaster survival to hear advise to have a group of people that are near you that are of like mind and that you can rely on when the proverbial ‘stuff’ hits the fan. Each of you will have different skills that can benefit the group and collectively you will have a far better chance of survival than you will alone.
You might even go so far in your group to document or record which skills each person has so you can see where your strengths and weaknesses are. This happened quite naturally over time in the Indian culture but when you are forced quickly into an emergency or disaster survival situation, it will be far easier to have worked some of this out ahead of time.
You may never have considered the mental toll that being in a disaster and being forced to deal with a whole new way of life, either short or long term, can have on a person. The community support can offer ways of girding up each others mind. Helping you to think that there is still some security and hope that if you were all alone you would not have. In almost all dangerous or perilous situations there is safety in numbers and having a broader skill set available.
Indians Knew What Tools Were Necessary For Survival In Life
One of the most essential tools that we all know Indians were skilled with was a knife. It can be used in so many different ways if one learns how to properly use it. It is compact, multipurpose, silent, light weight… it is almost indispensable. The most obvious use is for protection and although many might argue that it is not as powerful or does not have the range of a gun (and I would agree) but there can be some advantages. With the knife you never have to worry about running out of ammunition, it is silent when used but again these are learned skills. Prepping takes time and there are many things to learn and how to use a knife is only one skill that is very valuable.
A knife can be used to prepare your food. It can be used as a tool for many different things like signaling with the shiny blade, a lever to pry something open or poke a hole in an object, cutting small twigs to build shelter and the list goes on and on. It is almost endless how many things that can be done with a knife if you know how to use it. One could even easily carry a variety of knives best suited for different purposes without adding hardly any weight to your survival pack or bug out bag.
It is essential to get at least one all purpose knife as your first and most important tool. It will likely be around five inches in blade length. That size is the easiest to handle for most people and if it is longer there is a likelihood that it would be harder to handle and maybe even dangerous. Another thing you want to avoid for your primary knife is a serrated edge. It is not commonly known but the most valuable and most powerful part of a knife is closest to the handle. You will want that part to be smooth and sharp for it to be most effective. A serrated knife has it’s place but have that as one of your optional knives, not on your all purpose knife for disaster survival.
A knife as a tool to survive in case of disaster or emergency is just the beginning of the tools that will be helpful. It is imperative that anyone concerned about being prepared start to make a list of items that would be necessary. emergency food, water, shelter are just three of the those that are jugular to making it on your own. I will soon be offering a free ebook on this site to help you prepare for the first 72 hours. Sign up below and as soon as it is ready I will send it to you for FREE.
While it is out of fear that most people start to prepare for the worst it could be turned into an experience one at least sometimes enjoys over time. It is a matter of developing the familiarity with self sufficiency. That is not to say it would be all that great if it is your only choice but it would certainly make the time at least contain moments of appreciation while giving plenty of space to figure out how to react next.