Mid-Atlantic Primitive Skills Group
Since primitive skills must be based upon the bioregional environment where they are practiced, most of our skills originate with the Eastern Woodland Indians that were indigenous to the mid-Atlantic region.
We are not trying to "be Indians," however, but rather attempting to reclaim the aboriginal knowledge that the native inhabitants of this land possessed.
We are trying to relearn and pass that knowledge on to others so that it is not forgotten. We believe that modern society must incorporate the spirit and earth-based philosophy behind that knowledge if it is to survive intact into the future.
Some helpful definitions:
Bioregionalism is a political, cultural, and environmental system based on naturally-defined areas called bioregions, or ecoregions. Bioregions are defined through physical and environmental features, including watershed boundaries and soil and terrain characteristics. Bioregionalism stresses that the determination of a bioregion is also a cultural phenomenon, and emphasizes local populations, knowledge, and solutions.
Mid-Atlantic region for the sake of the MAPS Group population is defined primarily as Maryland, District of Columbia, and Northern Virginia; however, the region also includes Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, Northern portion of North Carolina, and Southern portion of New York.
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