What Happened At Wild Roots

In 2017 I began my uncivilization project, hoping to explore the possibility of living a primitive life in the modern age as an alternative to revolution. The project, or at least the main goal, predictably failed, but during the course of it I explored a number of U.S. states and ended up on a primitivist commune in Western N.C., where I learned the ins and outs of living close to the land. The following posts give an account of my time there.


See also, “What Wild Roots Was Like” and “Notes Concluding the Uncivilization Project.”

  1. Accidentally crossing over into TN — arrival — first dinner
  2. Splitting black locust with C. — fixing trails — two weeks of isolation
  3. Tod and Tod’s truck — history of Wild Roots — “Mother Dumpster”
  4. Arrival of the crew — learning skills — the empty space
  5. The visitors — the Netherlands couple
  6. Family of 12 brothers
  7. Tod and D. — commune relationships
  8. Dark history of Wild Roots? — the meaning of W. — Mace
  9. Hippies at the bar, hippies in the streets — Santa Claus dumpster diver — street culture in Asheville
  10. Fall tasks — apples — gatherings — chestnuts
  11. Bear — increasing tension — journalist — mugwort dream
  12. Skin-hunger — streets of Asheville — final goodbye — reflections

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