Living Wild in the Stone Age
Friday, January 10, 2014, Vernon Public Library, 4:30 p.m. (I’ll let you know how it goes.)
“Spend a month in the wilderness, with only buckskin clothing, handmade tools and a diet of completely wild foods. The project is based on rekindling ancient knowledge and nurturing an appreciation of the earth as a living organism through transforming the gifts of the natural world in order to provide food, shelter and clothing, while participating in the interdependency necessary of community living.”
The photograph and the model come from the United States. Interestingly enough, the East Germans used to do this for six weeks every summer, dressing up as American Indians and (according to the state) learning communal living and (according to the people) getting away from it. Here they are, deep in the 1980s.
So, this kind of political abandonment of the state and civilization in favour of performance art has happened here, too. Does that mean that the USA – Canadian border (Perhaps our equivalent of the Iron Curtain?) will fall soon? Maybe it has, culturally.