In a day where advanced technology rules everything we understand how important it is rewild and reconnect to the old days where community was strong and people took care of each other for the common good of mankind. Primitive Lifeways separates themselves from fear based instruction, but focuses on a more naturalist and positive way of life. We do not believe spending time in the environment is risky or fearful–but helps us evolve as a human species. Furthermore, we are accepting of all cultures from all different backgrounds and ways of life.
Jeff Martin – Primitive Lifeways was developed by Jeff Martin who has lived in the high desert for over 24 years. Jeff is a naturalist, instructor and conservationist. As a young boy, he attended boy scouts and practiced wilderness living skills throughout his early education. As Jeff continued with his studies and training in primitive living skills he started training and attending gatherings with various traditional skills instructors. During his advancement in traditional, skills Jeff started teaching basic and advanced desert survival at the desert institute in Joshua Tree California, taught classes and workshops at the Malki Museum (California’s first Native American Museum), was recognized by several newspapers and magazines and had the opportunity to demonstrate primitive skills on the National Geographic Channel. Jeff also created a successful Youtube channel where he demonstrates and teaches traditional skills, survival skills, and primitive technology. Jeff is currently located in the high desert of Arizona where he is actively pursuing a degree in cultural anthropology and working closely with the Arizona Archaeology Society (Yavapai chapter) and the Smoki Museum.
Dude McLean – With over 50 years of outdoor knowledge in primitive skills, woodcraft and survival skills Dude is truly one of the re-pioneers of outdoor skills. As a young boy Dude learned from his father how to use the land to ones advantage and how to sustain yourself using the available resources the earth provides. Later in the years McLean spent 90 days in the bush with minimal gear and the will to put his skills to the ultimate test- long term wilderness living. After returning home safely Dude started writing for the ever-so popular magazine Wilderness Way. In addition to many years of wilderness training Dude is a current founding member along side with Alan Halcon and Christopher Nyerges of Dirttime.