History of Man Tracking-The Primitive Era.

Tracking has been an essential skill to Primitive Men, as it happened to be the cornerstone of their survival ability, and also their will to.

Years before the Man started to devote himself to plantations and farms, the Tracking expertise allowed him to follow his game in every kind of scenario: forests, meadows, grasslands, savanna, and also near river beds and banks.

At that time, Primitive Men were totally tied up to the quarries in an outstanding survival chain and mechanism of life and death. Knowing how to locate tracks of game (small and large animals) and how to follow them in order to reach and kill it was a daily matter and challenge.

As years go by, Man learned how to be as more as accurate as possible with his exstimation and evaluation of how many probabilities did he have to follow a certain trail using only his Tracking abilities and look at the terrain in search of signs of the game passage.

In order to achieve his goal, Primitive Man used what nowadays is named Visual Tracking: the Art of reading signs left on the terrain by, simply, seeing them and knowing their meaning.

In several cases, Tracking has been defined the Art to interpret all the signs left of a praticular terrain. Signs are letters, trails are sentences, and, so on, the ground tells you a story. Tracker and Border Patrol Agent Ab Taylor loved to call it this way.

Even now, in specific tribal communties such as Boshimani, Tracking is still relevant to survival and it is handed down from one generation to another, in a perpetuum circle of life and conservation of a skill which, if not used, would be a terrible loss of one of the most precious ability which connects Man to Mother Nature.

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Kyt Lyn Walken

Hull's Tracking School Instructor and Official Representative. C.R.O.W. Certified Ranger. Directora de la Escuela de Rastreo Umano de Centro de Formaccion Carcayù, Spain. Worldwide Recognized Tracking Expert.

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