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Vegetarian becomes a hunter to survive
      #321393 - 09/11/18 09:10 PM

'This is so real': Why Miriam Lancewood lives in the wild, hunting her own food
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By Anna Kelsey-Sugg and Michele Weekes for Life Matters


Photo: Miriam Lancewood is more comfortable living in the wilderness than she is in civilisation. (Supplied)


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When Miriam Lancewood and her partner Peter set off to live alone deep in the New Zealand wilderness, they told their families they'd be back in a year.

But the couple came to enjoy their nomadic, off-grid lifestyle — foraging for edible plants and killing their own animals — so much that they're still living it, nearly a decade later.

"It's perceived as being scary but I see the wilderness as my home, so I feel very comfortable there," says Miriam, who has written about her life in her memoir, Woman of the Wilderness.

Miriam, who was born in the Netherlands, says there is freedom in her lifestyle, one that is "without time".

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Audio: Miriam Lancewood discusses surviving the challenges of a nomadic lifestyle (Life Matters)

"We sleep when we are tired, usually when the sun goes down. When the first birds sing, we wake up," she says.

"We eat when we are hungry. We don't know the days of the week, or the date. That is irrelevant really."

Ditching conventional living has brought significant struggles, but Miriam says it's been worth it; she now feels deeply connected to natural beauty she once merely observed.
Killing to survive

To prepare for her move to the wilderness, Miriam practised her aim with a bow and arrow every day for a year.

She and Peter had decided that, in their new living environment, she would hunt and he would cook.

"I thought, well, hunting will be a great success. I'll be little Robin Hood running around in the forest," Miriam says.


Miriam Lancewood with bow and arrow



Photo: Miriam perfected her aim with a bow and arrow, but finding animals to hunt proved tricky. (Supplied)

But things didn't go as planned.

Miriam's aim was excellent, but finding animals to target was hard work.

Also tricky was the fact that she was raised vegetarian.

"I was always like, 'oh, no animal needs to die for me'. I was very judgmental of meat-eaters," she says.

But there was an urgency to expanding their diet.

"We got so cold that we were losing weight just by living, and in the morning we would wake up with hunger pains," Miriam says.

"Just getting through the night cost so much energy and so after a while — Peter was visibly losing weight — we said, OK, we have got to get onto this hunting.

"I ended up doing exactly that — killing animals to survive."


Miriam Lancewood and Peter



Photo: Miriam and her partner Peter are fuelled by wild meat like goat or possum. (Lottie Hedley)

The first meat Miriam ate was possum, and the experience, she says, was "absolutely traumatising".

"I put the trap out and then one day we were very happy, there was a possum in there — a very cute little possum looking at me — and I thought, oh God," she says.

"I had to smack the possum, but they're very tough animals and they're very hard to kill. It was a really dreadful moment ... it wouldn't die."

She says she was left feeling "very guilty" and wondering: "What am I doing here?"

But, she reasoned, possums are classified as a pest in New Zealand and hunting them is encouraged by the government.

Plus, she says, possum meat is delicious.

"When Peter finally cooked it, it was absolutely amazing. It tasted fantastic," Miriam says.

Most importantly, however, the meat gave them the fuel they so badly needed.

"[Wild] meat gives so much energy," she says.



"People say you are what you eat, and that's definitely so very true with wild animals. You feel really so much healthier and stronger with eating good meat."
'The wilderness has changed me'

After years of living in the bush, emerging only rarely for supplies like tea or flour, Miriam says she's not the same person she once was.

"The wilderness has changed me a lot," she says.

From someone who used to feel nervous alone, Miriam has grown confident that she can live well independently.


Miriam Lancewood walking



Photo: Miriam says she's become a more confident person since living in the wilderness. (Supplied)

And her perspective of herself has changed.

"In the mountains I feel very small. I am insignificant really, and my petty little problems seem even smaller," she says.

"It seems that the trees pull the burdens off your shoulders."

Miriam and Peter spent six years in the New Zealand bush, and then spent three years walking for months at a time around Europe.

Miriam says "always walking into the unknown" was exciting, but also exhausting.

So the couple decided to return to New Zealand and set up camp once more.

It seems unlikely their path will ever lead back to a conventional lifestyle.

"To live in a tent, waking up with the first light, adjusting to weather and seasons, hunting wild animals, makes me feel so alive," Miriam says.

"When I hunt, and come back with a goat for dinner, I feel, wow, this is so real."



She is struck by the beauty of the environment she has called home for so long, and by how comfortable she is there.

"We sleep underneath a big tree and its branches are our roof. The thick layer of moss is like a soft carpet underneath our feet," she says.

"The river nearby is our drinking water, and there is always a little breeze that brings fresh air.

"We are living in a living world."


https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-07/m...HhW3Pomni268z1g


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Re: Vegetarian becomes a hunter to survive [Re: NitroX]
      #321399 - 10/11/18 03:16 AM

She looks great but her BF looks like Charlie Manson

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      #321400 - 10/11/18 05:02 AM

Agreed Postman, my thoughts as well.
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      #321405 - 10/11/18 07:36 AM

For someone who lives under a tree she has very good hair and skin and also very clean. Conditions not normally found on people who live under branches. How does she keep her clothes so clean and well ironed. Sounds like ABC bullshit to me. If I go away hunting for four days I come back looking like the hubby.

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Re: Vegetarian becomes a hunter to survive [Re: Waidmannsheil]
      #321430 - 10/11/18 05:26 PM

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For someone who lives under a tree she has very good hair and skin and also very clean. Conditions not normally found on people who live under branches. How does she keep her clothes so clean and well ironed. Sounds like ABC bullshit to me. If I go away hunting for four days I come back looking like the hubby.

Matt.




I agree. A lot of these "off the grid" stories are BS.. But good to see an ABC article praising hunting and meat protein in a diet.

The clean neat girl photos are obviously staged and shot fro the article. And not feral photos from a wild woman in the bush.

"Living under a tree" is complete bullshit. A guess is they live in a forest hut or something like that, available for hunters, fishermen, hikers etc. And usually have a time limit for maximum stays. So they don't make it public. Living "under a tree" in NZ would be impossible, as it would be too wet.

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Re: Vegetarian becomes a hunter to survive [Re: NitroX]
      #321437 - 11/11/18 05:49 AM

Around here and especially on the coast, you do not sit in the moss. You'd be wet to your arm pits in seconds. Nothing holds water like moss in the deep bush. Along the coast and on the Charlotte Island's, the moss if over a foot thick. Feels like it would be great to sit on - but NO, hell No.
Do you guys have Devil's Club?

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      #321438 - 11/11/18 06:15 AM

I think you all are not fair on poor Miriam; her story is all plausible if one assumes that there was a beauty salon, a laundry shop, and maybe a Starbucks Café under the tree neighbouring hers! That would be NZ wilderness version 2.0, as younger generations would say!
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      #321440 - 11/11/18 07:10 AM

lol - probably truth in that analogy.

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Re: Vegetarian becomes a hunter to survive [Re: Daryl_S]
      #321447 - 11/11/18 06:39 PM

She would have been cleaned up for the photos. Most like live in a hut they built and not to far from civilization, days walk at most. Need to get money from their bank account to buy tea etc. Doubt they sell anything so probably get social security of some sort or royalties from her book or column. Means they cant be too far from civilization as need to get articles to the publisher, even if written with a pen on paper. Will obviously get money for the article.

I still say good on them for giving the rough life a nudge and for some positive feed back on not being a veterinarian.


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      #321449 - 11/11/18 07:11 PM

Quote:

She would have been cleaned up for the photos. Most like live in a hut they built and not to far from civilization, days walk at most. Need to get money from their bank account to buy tea etc. Doubt they sell anything so probably get social security of some sort or royalties from her book or column. Means they cant be too far from civilization as need to get articles to the publisher, even if written with a pen on paper. Will obviously get money for the article.

I still say good on them for giving the rough life a nudge and for some positive feed back on not being a veterinarian.




Yep my thoughts to.

I wish people would actually read the articles ...

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Miriam and Peter spent six years in the New Zealand bush, and then spent three years walking for months at a time around Europe.

Miriam says "always walking into the unknown" was exciting, but also exhausting.

So the couple decided to return to New Zealand and set up camp once more.




They haven't been "in the bush" for the last three years.

No idea how they make an income. Usually off the grid sorts live as parasites on welfare income of some sort.

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Re: Vegetarian becomes a hunter to survive [Re: Louis]
      #321525 - 14/11/18 04:43 AM

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I think you all are not fair on poor Miriam; her story is all plausible if one assumes that there was a beauty salon, a laundry shop, and maybe a Starbucks Café under the tree neighbouring hers! That would be NZ wilderness version 2.0, as younger generations would say!
Louis




Life in a large city park can be pretty wild It reminds me of my "air rifle hunting adventures" in parks nearby my parents house when I was a young boy

How they make a living? Weed is a must cash crop...

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