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Tamarack Song Biography

Tamarack Song, Owl Clan, has been a student of the Old Way since his youth. He met his first mentor - a Canadian Metis Woman named She Who Talks With Loons right after dropping out of college for the third time. In the years following, he traveled The Mother's Bosom to find and apprentice with Elders who still practiced some of their traditional ways. He has lived the Native Way in the wilderness for many turns of the seasons and in the process he has gained - and is still gaining - the teachings and awareness to prepare him for the role of guide. He does not call himself a teacher; if anything he feels himself to be a guide to the Real Teacher.

He is a guide for quests and rites of passage, translator of dreams and other voices of spirit, performer of legal Native marriage ceremonies, counselor for lifestyle transition and relationships, and practitioner of a variety of Native crafts and skills. He does dream and animal guide work, and counsels people healing from the ravages of life in civilized society. He is also a Native Lifeway consultant for schools, museums and archaeologists.

Tamarack shares much of what he has learned of the Old Ways through his writings. He considers many books to be his Elders, because these books contain much wisdom and information on lifeway skills that would be lost had someone not recorded it.

Tamarack Song was born and raised in east central Wisconsin, and spent his youth learning from the woods, fields, and swamps outside of the "civilized" boundaries of his hometown. Studying wildlife conservation, community design, world cultures, and nonprofit law at various Wisconsin universities, he is the founder of the Teaching Drum Outdoor School. Located in Three Lakes, WI, this school is aimed at bridging the path to the wisdom and lifeway skills of our Native ancestors, and has been featured in National Geographic and on such programs as MTV's Real Life: I'm Living Off The Grid and CBC New's Sunday - Real Survivor. Tamarack is the author of Journey to the Ancestral Self, Whispers of the Ancients, Song of Trusting the Heart, and numerous articles on Native cultures, skills, perspectives, and traditions.




New Triple Award-Winning Book by Tamarack Song


"Whispers of the Ancients helps us reconnect with the spirit of story that is a part of all our heritages. With respect for the wisdom of the past and with an eye toward the cross-cultural links that legends can make between us, Tamarack Song offers a gathering of tales and insightful comments that point the way back to the circle."

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"Whispers of the Ancients: Native Tales for Teaching & Healing in Our Time" is a triple award-winning, illuminated collection of many Native American wisdom-laden stories, some or most from the traditions of the Lake Superior Ojibwe traditions, also the indigenous culture of accomplished artist Moses (Amik) Beaver. In addition to the magnificent retelling of the collection of stories, "Whispers of the Ancients" contains many special keys and lodestones, guides to the full use and understanding of Native storytelling traditions; many of these are sacred and must be respectfully presented, conveyed, and honored. Thus we have introductory chapters on the Power of stories, the role of stories, the soul of a story, and body of a story, where stories come from, the role of a storyteller, and learning through stories. Much learning about the tradition of storytelling among indigenous peoples is presented by author Tamarack Song in all of these chapters of Part I of "Whispers of the Ancients." Part I is described by the author as "a celebration of the magic of story and the mystique of the storyteller. It brings you back to the time when listening to stories was considered a spiritual experience (p. xxvii)." Then part II of "Whispers of the Ancients" is described as "a feast of some of the world's most evocative and soul-touching stories (p. xxvii)."

The ensuing stories and commentary are indeed a stunning feast for the spirit and the mind, with spectacular visual interpretations by a master Ojibwe artist. Some of the stories originate from other indigenous traditions, but the are interpreted in light of the knowledge that all stories are one story, or originate from a common source. The stories in Part Ii are divided into 6 chapters, titled The Gifting Way, Self-Discovery, Winter Stories, The Guardian-Warrior Path, Seeing Through Different Eyes, and The Journey Called Life. Each story teaches more about a single concept, such as humility, in How Winter Came to Be Five Moons, or self-discovery, in Raccoon Helps Fox Find His Hunger. The skilled voicings of the narrative of each story is a particular joy of the storyteller's art that has to be experienced to be appreciated fully. In addition to the many levels and layers of sacred or special significance, traditions of listening, respecting the honored teller of stories, and other symbolic or real experiences in these pages, the reader will find a special source of light glowing at the heart of "Whispers of the Ancients." It is the preservation of an ageless, holy wonder, an awareness of the interconnectedness of all beings. May all readers of these tales find, like Fox, the true source of their hunger or emptiness, so that they may begin with proper respect, to replenish the spirit and the soul.

"Whispers of the Ancients" is an anthology of wonder, destined to become a classic for Native American studies, and to be beloved by children and adults of all origins who hunger for the truth. A helpful glossary of terms in English and also a glossary of Ojibwe terms is included at the end of the book for further clarification, in addition to endnotes on each chapter and suggestions for further reading.

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Paperback: 224 pages; Publisher: University of Michigan Press/Regional (May 5, 2010); ISBN-13: 978-0472051069; Dimensions: 0.8 x 9 x 11.7 inches  $22.00 + s/h 



Journey to the Ancestral Self: 

The Native Lifeway Guide to Living 

in Harmony with Earth Mother  




This book is an unabashed and unsentimental response to our repressed longing: to dance to the drum, to circle the ritual fire, to know healing lore from times when plants spoke. 


Tamarack Song teaches that the life ways of all Native peoples are essentially one, sharing not only the same ceremonies and rites, but the same spirit and reverence for life. Regardless of ethnic or religious background, we all are essentially Native people who have lost our original voice. In regaining that voice we discover:


Native life ways - the Way of the Warrior, the care taking of children, and reverence for elders - are intrinsic to all human experience (In-depth exercises cover Native skills such as stalking, night vision, adapting to cold.)


Native traditional practices - including moon ritual, seeking a mentor, and honoring male and female energy - encourage hidden spiritual powers to manifest.


There is a native human capacity for healing which can only be had by returning to balance with Earth Mother

In this day, few of us seem able to declare that we are truly and deeply happy. We find ourselves frustrated with life as we know it and on a quest for life as it could be. We thirst for a more intimate physical and spiritual relationship with The Earth, and yearn for the skills to do so. Our senses and intuitions are not as keen as we know they could be; our personal Life paths seem clouded and distorted. Somehow our search brings us to explore Native life ways, for which this book is a timely guide. From its deep philosophy to its everyday yet vital sensitivities and awareness, the ways of our Ancestors are explored and experienced. We learn the skills for walking in Balance in the Wilderness, as well as in our daily lives. And we are given the tools to discover the purpose and contentment that is uniquely intended for each of us.


Journey to the Ancestral Self: The Native Lifeway Guide to Living in Harmony with Earth Mother

 Paperback, 215 pages. $15.00   




All of Tamarack's booklets are self published.  There is no fancy cover or pictures.  Each booklet is hand copied and bound by hand with artificial sinew. 

These booklets are full of detail and intimate perspectives on the Old Ways. They show how to find your Native self, and how to Walk the Good Way, in today's world. 

Come, sit down with one of these enjoyable Timeless Wisdom Booklets and allow your mind and spirit to be transported to that timeless place where learning and wisdom awaken your ancestral memories.  Come and be the native you are.


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Medicine Plant, Medicine Animal: Ancestral Healer  

Are you a healer? This book might help you find out, as well as giving ways for you to find your healing helpers and learn about their gifts and powers. 31pp, Paper. $8

Matedness:  Two Hearts, One Fire

Explore Native ways that can help find the intimate relationship you dream about. This book will help you to have better relationships of all kinds. 82 pp, Paper. $8

Death: The Song of Passing

Step through the doorway of death and see what might be on the other side. Here is how a Native views life and death, and why a Native can feel completed in life and welcome death when it comes. 22 pp, Paper. $8

Native Lifeway: The Circle Way 

Feel like you’re living it — the Native Commandments, Lodge living, Cradleboard rearing, Elders, the Warrior Way, honoring visitors, the Sacred Fire, and more. 72 pages, $8

Finding a Guide and the Role of the Seeker 

Where to find a real Native Teacher, how to approach him/her, the traditional way to act respectfully, accept guidance and show gratitude, and more. 30 pp, Paper. $8

The Vision Quest: A Script for Life

An intense and tender pathway to the most Sacred of Native rites, and a guide for your Quest. Perhaps the first text to present the Quest with such detail and intimacy. 63 pp, Paper $8

Your Sacred Name: The Native Within 

You have a Native name; here’s how to find it, understand it, honor it, and open to its power and guidance. 23 pp, Paper. $8

Your Animal Guide: Your Life Companion 

A deep journey into the spiritual relationship between Animal and Human. Here your Guardian Animal comes alive — personality, voice, teaching ways, and more. 82 pp, Paper. $8

The Sweat Lodge: A Return to the Womb 

Its history, symbolism, Lodge construction and sacred items, personal preparation, roles of individuals, the ceremony itself, what happens inside the Lodge, and more. 71 pp, Paper. $8


Plus - Journey to the Ancestral Self 

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New Book!

Sacred Speech: The Way of Truthspeaking

By Tamarack Song


"...Truthspeaking is a term found in many Native languages. To Truthspeak is to state clearly and simply what one thinks and feels. There is no judgment or expectation, no disguise of humor or force of anger. This manner of speech is sacred, because it wells up from the soul of our being rather than from our self-absorbed ego..."

How many times have you heard someone begin with "To be honest," when they intend to be straightforward with their thoughts and feelings? Wouldn't it be nice if people could always "be honest?" Helping that to happen is the reason for this book.

In Sacred Speech: The Way of Truthspeaking you will learn how to hear the truth in lies and how to unmask anger to reveal the feelings that caused it. You will be shown how to see cursing and swearing as the externalizing and judging they actually are. You will find out why gossiping depletes personal power. These skills make it easier for someone to hear what you have to say—not just your words, but the thoughts and feelings behind them.

Along with that, you will learn how to better listen. A person needs to feel that he is being heard in order to feel completed in expressing himself.

These, and many more of the mysteries and delights of Truthspeaking—the natural way to fully and clearly express yourself—are the subject matter of this book. In a straightforward, step-by-step approach, you will be shown this blissful way of communicating that leaves you feeling regarded and fulfilled. When you can express yourself clearly and spontaneously, rather than stuffing it and waiting for the "right time" or the "right words," you will feel more alive—more yourself—and more connected with those around you.

Truthspeaking is the way of your ancestors, of the surviving Native people, and of all natural life. It is also your natural way, and the experience of this book will help you regain it.

Previously, we have offered an early version of this book for sale. This edition is greatly expanded and revised. We think it is a “must read.” 

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Entering the Mind of the Tracker:

Native Practices for Developing Intuitive Consciousness and Discovering Hidden Nature



Training methods for tracking and wilderness observation woven into extraordinary real-life stories of intuitive animal-reading skills

• Explains technical tracking methods and observational skills such as shadowing and envisioning through the innermost thoughts of an accomplished native tracker

• Reveals how to track by expanding your awareness and consciousness to become one with the animal you are tracking

• Shares stories of tracking Wolves, Bears, Deer, Cougars, and many other animals

Stepping beyond the shape of a footprint and into the unseen story of the track, veteran wilderness guide Tamarack Song takes you inside the eyes and mind of an intuitive tracker, with intimate stories where Frogs show the way out of the woods, scat reveals life histories, and Bears demonstrate how to find missing people.

Drawing from his years of surviving in the wild, apprenticing to native elders, and living with a family of wolves, Tamarack reveals how to achieve a level of perception like that of aboriginal trackers by becoming one with the animal you are tracking, whether Fox, Deer, Coyote, or Cougar. Sharing his innermost thoughts while following track and sign, the book’s adventures merge technical tracking methods with skills such as shadowing and envisioning, while demonstrating animal-reading skills considered outside the human realm. The author explains how to expand your awareness--to learn from nature by becoming nature--and tap in to the intuitive tracking consciousness each of us has inherited from our Paleolithic ancestors.

Through his stories from the trail, Tamarack shows the art of tracking not simply as a skill for hunters and naturalists but as a metaphor for conscious living. By exploring the intricacies of the natural world, we explore not only our connections to the world around us but also our internal landscapes. We learn to better express ourselves and listen, meet our needs, and help others. Intuitive tracking provides a path to finding ourselves, becoming one with all life, and restoring humanity’s place in the Great Hoop of Life.


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Entering the Mind of the Tracker is one of those rare works that captures the essence of nature by exploring its tiniest (and most profound) nuances. Tamarack Song has written what will help achieve one of the most important needs of human beings today--reconnecting with the Earth.”  

(Les Stroud, star of the hit TV show Survivorman and author of Survive! Essential Skills and Tactics to Get You Out of Anywhere--Alive)


“A deeply moving book, wonderfully written; brings home the tremendous beauty of depth perception of the natural world and the exquisite intelligence and sensitivity of our kin--the Wolves. It opens up the possibility for us to read the world around us through the sense perception born within us, and opens up the potential for us to reinhabit the world.”

(Stephen Harrod Buhner, author of The Secret Teachings of Plants and Ensouling Language)


Entering the Mind of the Tracker beautifully demonstrates that outdoor skills are best learned through a deep understanding of environment. Tamarack Song imparts knowledge in a way that is both lyrical and philosophical.”

(Tristan Gooley, expedition leader, author of The Natural Navigator, and the only living person to have both flown and sailed solo across the Atlantic)


“I couldn’t put this book down. Tamarack is not telling us the mere mundanities of tracking--he’s showing us a complete communication system that is largely unknown to modern man. Beginning trackers and generalists will love this window into the world of hidden knowledge, and experts will find these stories helpful, insightful, inspiring.”

(Christopher Nyerges, primitive skills instructor, author of How to Survive Anywhere, and former editor of Wilderness Way Magazine)


“To track is to live the life of the quarry--mentally, spiritually, and physically. Very few trackers ever reach this level of mastery. Entering the Mind of the Tracker will help you discover the salient truths known by those few, like Tamarack, who have shadowed all living things. Here is a window to the beautiful and foundational knowledge provided by a lifetime of tutelage at the feet of Mother Nature.”

(Ty Cunningham, founder and tracking historian of the International Society of Professional Trackers)



Forgiveness and Child Abuse: Would You Forgive?

edited by Lois Einhorn, Foreword by Arun Ghandi, Introduction by Tamarack Song,

53 Contributors including Tamarack Song


During her healing process, Dr. Einhorn shared her horrific story of ritualistic child abuse with a variety of influential people and asked, "What would YOU do?  Do you forgive your parents?  HOW do you forgive yourself?"  Fifty-three people responded, including: Mumia Abu-Jamal, Patch Adams, M.D., Edward Asner, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, Laura Davis, Thomas F. Eagleton, Albert Ellis, Paul Ferrini, Lynne Finney, Arun Gandhi, Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton, Linda Hogan, Rabbi Steven Jacobs, Bill T. Jones, Mary Elizabeth King,, Robert Muller, Daniel Quinn, Robert C. Scaer, M.D., Pete Seeger, Bernie Siegel, M.D., Gerry Spence, Richard E. Vatz, Kurt Waldheim, Everett L. Worthington, Jr.,  This is a unique and powerful book destined to encourage discussion, dialogue, and debate; and many of the responses will challenge readers to move from a paradigm of revenge and fear to one of love and forgiveness - regardless of the severity of the atrocities.Author Lois Einhorn, Ph.D., Professor of Communication, was awarded 2004 Heroine of Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Peace by the World Forgiveness Alliance in response to writing this book. Prior recipients include Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, and Desmond Tutu.  Tamarack Song wrote the introduction for this book as well as contributing his own piece on forgiveness.


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