While on the East Coast I visited with my old friend and climbing partner Arthur Haines. Arthur lives in Western Maine and is the foremost expert on identifying native plant species in New England. Haines has also extensively researched how Native Americans used local plants and animals. Medical anthropology has shown that many of the chronic diseases humans suffer from today were not found in indigenous populations. Haines believes observations of how indigenous people used their landscape combined with modern scientific research of local flora and fauna, will lead to people living healthier more fulfilling lives.
Haines also runs the Delta Institute of Natural History (arthurhaines.com) where he teaches ancestral life skills.