Why I’m learning to track.


All credits to Fabrizio Nannini.

Who’s fault?

All Western movies’guilt? Maybe. When I lived with my parents, the Western films came way before the news, and it was kinda mandatory to speak of stand off scenes or manhunts instead of discussing about the events of the day.

My father knows by heart full quotes taken by some films in which he is particularly fond of, and I cannot keep silent on the fact that he has also a fair knowledge of American History. Maybe the fault was upon  the fact that, even if it sounds oustanding, I lived in the myth of the Old American Frontier and, even more weird, I still live in the shadow of that.

Of course, the films helped a lot, but even more books: from the expedition of Lewis and Clark to the story of John Colter, through the story of Hugh Glass up to the capture of Geronimo. So, where’s the Tracking in it? And who it is to blame then?

Tracking has been one of the most important arts of that period, and not merely that.

I will discuss in a separate article about the fact that was not his story, but his presence in history. When I read of the Indians bent toward the ground, reading the tracks, I was fascinated in an almost primordial manner.

Yes, that’s the way: Tracking is a primordial art  and knowing how to use this connects us to an era where its use was considered essential, whether its purpose was hunting (and survival) or the pursuit of enemies.

Sure, reconnecting to all of this provides a total estrangement from what is today’s society, which replaced the Tracking thoughtful features perhaps not entirely necessary.

As I love to be brief, I can only, in conclusion, to say this: I want to learn to track, and I want to do it in the right way. The blame is only upon Tracking: its tremendous use is immeasurable.

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