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Warren believes today’s society can learn valuable lessons and skills from native people. His talk on April 25 will feature items to demonstrate native skills.

Award-winning author and naturalist to speak at library

Join award-winning author and naturalist Mark Warren for “A History of Native People in the Southern Appalachia” on Thursday, April 25th at 6:30 p.m. at the Pickens County Library. 

The Friends of the Pickens Library will host Warren for this special talk. Warren, owner of the nationally renowned Medicine Bow Wilderness School in Dahlonega, has been teaching nature and survival skills to adults and children for more than half a century. 

He lectures on Native American history and survival skills, and Western Frontier History presenting at museums and cultural centers around the country. 

Warren believes today’s society can – and should – learn some valuable lessons and skills from those native people who inhabited this continent hundreds of years before European explorers ever landed on its shores.     This program reveals how the land of Southern Appalachia dictated the lifestyle of the people who first inhabited it. The mountains, the plants, the animals, and geology all played their parts. The daily life of early people was guided by an intimacy and reverence for nature that our present white culture has not tried to emulate. The result of this oversight is revealed in our lack of understanding about the forest and in the careless treatment of the environment. 

This program includes a great deal of show-and-tell items brought by the presenter to share with the audience. Learn about early crafts, weapons, hunting techniques, attitudes, clothing, tools, foods and games. 

“All of us who live in Southern Appalachia reside on land that once belonged to the Cherokee,” Warren said. “While these native people led lives of intimate daily interaction with their natural surroundings, most folks today have reduced nature to a backdrop of scenery. The great deficit in this scenario is our lack of understanding that we still depend upon nature. Air to breathe, water to drink, energy to consume for our daily actions. These are commodities that are easy to take for granted, humans will have no reason to respect and conserve the pieces of the puzzle we call ecology.”

Warren is the author of 16 traditionally published books. His Secrets of the Forest book series will be available for purchase at this event as well as other award-winning titles. 

The program runs from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. and is appropriate for interested children as young as age 9. 

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