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Jim Miller

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"Miller doesn't just present, but demonstrates how to use primitive skills."

Click for larger version   Outdoorsman and writer , Jim Miller is one of the nation's leading advocates of the study and application of traditional wilderness skills and crafts. The Port Huron , Michigan native discovered the beauty and essence of the natural world at an early age and has spent countless hours studying the skills of our ancestors in woods, fields, and streams throughout the Great Lakes region .

"An outdoorsman and expert in primitive and traditional skills and crafts"
--  GARY WINKELMAN --       

   Miller has written many articles on primitive and traditional skills, which have appeared in publications such as Wilderness Way, Michigan Wilderness Journal, Michigan Out of Doors, Woods and Water News, Whispering Winds Magazine, and the Bulletin of Primitive Technologies. His personal study and work prompted the publication of his book on traditional buckskin tanning methods, " Brain tan Buffalo Robes, Skins and Pelts". He has also produced a video demonstrating birch bark canoe construction, " How to build a Birch Bark Canoe ". Both have sold across the U.S. , Canada, and Europe.

"Miller sees his charge as threefold: raise awareness of Michigan's natural resources, demonstrate the history of things 'done very well' here, and preserve and promote time tested skills as an art form."
--  AARON OGG --       

Click for larger version   Miller has tanned buckskins for several movies including "Thunderheart", "The Indian in My Cupboard", "Last of the Dogmen" and "A Will of Their Own". Birch bark baskets, Traditional Indian Villages and Canoes, created by Jim Miller in the Woodland Indian design, have been featured at several Museums and Cultural centers around Michigan and across the United States including historic Ft. Michilimackinac in Mackinaw city Mich. and Cranbrook Institute of Arts and Science in Bloomfield, Michigan.

"a popular speaker and demonstrator at schools around the state"
--  ERIC SHARP --     

  Jim continues to teach classes and demonstrate traditional wilderness skills at camps, nature centers, museums and schools throughout the state and around the country.

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