Recent Reviews for Ed P Zaruk
Falklands Deadline (Book) - 8/31/2009 4:29:22 PM|
I LOVE IT!
Roulette Writing Contest Chap 2 (Short Story) - 1/6/2013 5:10:02 AM
nicely written and liked
USAF Slide on Ice and Snow ski tests (Article) - 1/16/2014 11:41:21 AM
Quite interesting. Will forward it to my flying buff friends and former Air Force pals.
Original Way of Making Pemmican (Article) - 12/13/2013 8:00:26 AM
I had never heard that pemmican was made like this. I always thought that it was made with meat, berries and nuts. That may have been true in the lower 48 where nut trees flourished and berries filled the underbrush. On the prairie, berries and nuts may not have been as plentiful.
In 1893 the way Indians hunted had been changed drastically. Prior to the 1500s, there were no horses in North America. Buffalo hunting was done on foot. Also, prior to the 1700s, Indians had not traded buffalo hides for guns--one reason for long muskets was that a trader would trade one musket for a stack of buffalo hides as tall as a musket--and had to kill with lances (with flint or obsidian lance heads) and arrows with similar heads. Red River carts were also white man's tools. With horses, Plains Indians used two poles lashed to a horse to drag supplies behind. Before horses, women may have dragged the poles. My understanding of warriors was that they always made the women do the heavy work.
One thing that I've often thought about is how the Metis and high plains Indians survived winters on the prairie where temperatures often reached 50 below zero and blizzards would pile snow high around any teepee or other housing for months during the winter. Perhaps they all migrated to wooded areas where there was more fuel for fire. Buffalo hides were very warm, but normal bodily functions would require removing them momentarily. These had to be very tough people, like Inuits, to survive.
How I Survived My Husband's Writing (Article) - 7/19/2010 6:27:12 AM
Congratulations on your success. My sweetheart and I are starting down that same writer/editor road. I hope we can survive as well.
Thrillers that help us escape a complex world. (Article) - 11/1/2009 4:53:26 AM
Reality shows are anything but, Ed. You echo my sentiment on Desmond Bagley. Love his work. And I'm enjoying yours as well! Keep writing. You have quite a gift.