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How do I go on the ultimate paleo adventure?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 23, 2011 at 12:19 AM

I have been thinking about this on multiple occasions, and I wanted to figure out just how feasible this is.

I want to go experience typical hunter-gatherer life. I want to spend a year or two living somewhere in the African plains or the tropics around the world. I want to live with a tribe and learn their language, their culture, and their way of life.

Some considerations:

I'm working on my Master's, so it would be at least another two years before I could do this.

I'd like to work on a PhD eventually, so I could incorporate the trip into a thesis on evolutionary health, anthropology, or something along those lines.

I'm a white guy. I can go out in the Texas sun for a couple hours without burning, but I don't know about being exposed to the sun 24/7.

What would I have to do to make this a reality?

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on April 23, 2011
at 05:54 PM

His cruise leaves next week. May 1-7 th

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on April 23, 2011
at 02:54 PM

You could join the peace corps and go work in some far flung corner of the 3rd world teaching language or farming or something ridiculous.

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on April 23, 2011
at 02:55 AM

this does not mean I think people should be going on "paleo adventures" in sensitive, disappearing cultures.

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on April 23, 2011
at 02:33 AM

you can't really live anywhere as a hunter gather legally in the U.S. because of hunting, and camping laws. Unless you are indigenous and even then the options are slim. Hunter gathers also use resources from a wide variety of ecosystems most of which are now developed, private, protected. We live in the same places they would have been living in. Also hunter gathers didn't go it alone unless they really had to and they still wouldn't have thrived alone. The skills required to live longish term any particular ecosystem would take years to learn.

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on April 23, 2011
at 01:39 AM

Thanks Dexter, I will look into that.

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on April 23, 2011
at 01:03 AM

Then you need to hook up with Jimmy Moore. He does a low carb cruise every year.

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at 01:02 AM

Then you need to hook up with Jimmy Moore. He does a cruise every year.

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on April 23, 2011
at 12:31 AM

Wow, you are ambitious. All I want out of life is a Paleo cruise.

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on April 23, 2011
at 12:55 AM

Because you have organized language, you're educated, understand basic sanitation like hand washing and cooking science (that heat isn't magic, for example), have expectations of recorded history, etc., etc., your experience wouldn't be typical. You may already have read books on what plants are edible and have been scientifically proven to be beneficial. A "typical" experience would be impossible.

I think the most authentic experience you could experience would be to find a remote location where you could easily walk and legally take up residence, and walk out your door with nothing but the clothes on your back, no tools, no pen, no pocketknife, and shed the clothes once you get to said remote location. You'll likely either starve or thrive or succumb to the elements or get sick of it really quick, I imagine.

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on April 23, 2011
at 02:33 AM

you can't really live anywhere as a hunter gather legally in the U.S. because of hunting, and camping laws. Unless you are indigenous and even then the options are slim. Hunter gathers also use resources from a wide variety of ecosystems most of which are now developed, private, protected. We live in the same places they would have been living in. Also hunter gathers didn't go it alone unless they really had to and they still wouldn't have thrived alone. The skills required to live longish term any particular ecosystem would take years to learn.

4aa3281b2b5c6ec066c82675ee3df5f7

on April 23, 2011
at 02:55 AM

this does not mean I think people should be going on "paleo adventures" in sensitive, disappearing cultures.

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on April 23, 2011
at 11:15 AM

It sounds like you need to pursue a degree in anthropology and join the Peace Corps or become friends with native Americans living on a reservation the old ways. There are a few of those people around which is an understatement to say you won't find them on the internet.

What would you need to do to make your thoughts reality? Nothing is impossible if you set your mind to it. Soul searching would be the first thing tho--Try living in a tent for a summer and see how that works for ya first. My reflection from that experience--I like hot running water. I also like heat.

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