Maybe you won’t have to travel too far to be able to learn to survive in nature, appreciate it and learn from it. We can learn a lot not just from other cultures, but other species.
Follow the path of the Deer.
Both Celts and Native Americans observed the deer to be savvy when it came to finding the best herbs. These earth-bound peoples would follow the deer to prime herb patches - many of which proved to be highly beneficial in their medicinal purposes.
If you follow the path of the Deer you will find all the food and water you’ll ever need. In the water there will be beaver for food and pelts, fish, birds, raccoon, bear, all living things will go to the water to drink and eat. If a Deer runs, and you weren’t the one who spooked it, best to run too. They will snort, blow air loudly through their nostrils, and wave their tails, both are alert systems to other deer and to you too. They can see 310 degrees around themselves. They are believed to be able to see in the ultra-violet range. They’re nocturnal, and can see at night. Their hearing is far superior to that of a human, and they have a highly developed sense of smell.
A quick-list of animal symbolism of the deer may offer a great deal of insight as you are working with the spirit of the deer in your life.
Summary of Symbolic Meanings for the Deer
While walking in the woods look for the deer trails. These will lead you to food, edible fruits, natural salt locations, grasses and herbs. Don’t confuse a dry stream bed with a deer trail. Deer trails to food and water are well worn and usually in soft earth. Dry stream beds are rocky. Many deer trails may run alongside the dry stream beds caused by the spring thaw. Check trees for antler marks, hoof prints in the mud. If you get real good, you will be able to smell the deer. They have many glands that give off scent.
You have to have respect for nature. Don’t build your hut in the middle of a deer path. I hope you already know, but only take from nature what you need. This includes all that lives on the earth, deer, water, vegetation, etc.
"Whitetail deer have played a very important role in the history of our country. Deer were an item of trade between Indians and European settlers. The American Indians and early settlers depended on the Whitetail Deer for food, clothing, implements, ornaments, ceremonial items, used the bones of the whitetail deer to make harpoons, picks, and needles. The hides provided shelter year round. They utilized deer hides, hooves, and antlers. Native American’s believed the moon, wind and rain affected deer movements. Current studies confirm that deer activity indeed varies depending on temperature, moon phases and even barometric pressure.
The Native Dakota Tribe in southern and western Minnesota, sold the furs to traders for additional supplies. There is evidence that Indians used hides to cover themselves to avoid detection and attract deer at the same time. Deerskin was used in making clothing such as moccasins, leggings, pants, shirts, coats, shoelaces, hats, and gloves. Even today, deerskin is considered valuable for clothing. The valuable skins were called bucks, a nickname we still use for money today. Next time you say “five bucks,” you will have a good laugh at yourself for actually saying “five deerskins”. "