Peter Michael Bauer: Rewild or Die, Anarcho-Primitivism, and Hoop Culture

This is a very special episode.

Not only is this the very first episode of Ancestral Health Radio with our very first guest...

Today's fireside chat is with Rewild Portland's very own Peter Michael Bauer. 

Peter has been a huge inspiration on my own path toward rewilding, as I'm sure he will be to you.

I hope to have Peter on future episodes of Ancestral Health Radio to discuss more of the topics you'll hear in today's show.

In today's episode, you'll learn...

  • Why Peter re-released his old-new book Rewild or Die,
  • The barriers that keep many of us from taking our rewilding practice to the next level,
  • What "rewilding havens" are, and...
  • Much, much more.

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Episode Breakdown

  • James's personal thoughts on Urban Scout's re-release of Rewild or Die
  • Peter explains the origins of his online alias Urban Scout
  • The moment that led Peter to put Urban Scout away for good
  • Peter offers a great online resource for all-things rewilding
  • Peter shares his struggle with finding a tribe and the birth of Rewild Portland
  • Peter tells us how "all roads lead to rewilding"
  • Peter defines the word rewilding and its myriad of implications
  • Peter examines the differences between anarchy and anarcho-primitivism
  • Peter talks about his theme for the 2017 Rewilding Conference ("Restoration to what...?")
  • The problem with talking about the linear progression of our species
  • We discuss different avenues that lead to rewilding (paleo, anarchism, etc.)
  • Peter breaks down the word civilization and what that means to him
  • "Cultural blinders"
  • Peter describes how civilization is similar to a forest fire
  • "Rewilding havens", "hoop culture", and how they work together
  • Peter speaks about social justice and the barriers that prevent many people from taking their rewilding practice to the next level
  • Peter talks about how to bring rewilding to a macro/mirco level
  • Peter's personal thoughts on the paleo community
  • What Peter wants you to glean from Urban Scout's re-release of Rewild or Die
  • What Peter wants to see in the rewilding community's future
  • The differences between Peter now and Urban Scout then

Questions I Ask

  1. "Who is Urban Scout?"
  2. "What is anarcho-primitivism?"
  3. "How far do we need to go back to reclaim our health?"
  4. "What is civilization?"
  5. "How does someone begin to rewild?"
  6. "What do you want people to get out of Rewild or Die?"
  7. "What would you say to Urban Scout if you had the opportunity to speak to him in the beginning of his journey?"

Mentioned Resources

Rewild or Die: Revolution and Renaissance at the End of Civilization by Peter Michael Bauer (a.k.a. Urban Scout)

Quote Highlight

"All roads lead to rewilding." — Peter Michael Bauer

Who is Peter Michael Bauer?

Peter is the Executive Director and an instructor for various programs. A fourth generation Portlander, his first merit badge in the Boy Scouts was basketry. From there he went on to receive his Eagle Scout rank. It was during his eyars of camping during the scouts that he began to yearn for a deeper connection to place. At sixteen he traveled across the United States to attend Tom Brown Jr.'s Tracker School and Wilderness Awareness School in Washington state, where he attended several Art of Mentoring workshops. He has worked as an environmental educator for nearly every environmental education organization in Portland, including Cascadia Wild, Friends of Tryon Creek, Audubon, and Echoes in Time. He loves basketry, playing the banjo and is a fluent speaker of Chinuk Wawa (Chinook Jargon), the Native trade language of the Pacific Northwest and heritage language of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. He is the founder of and the author of Reiwld or Die (under the moniker "Urban Scout"). During the summer of 2012 he attended Lynx Vilden's Stone Age immersion program.

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James Broderick