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 News 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.