many uses of bamboo

By JD Lara

Ask any veteran US Navy Seal or Army Ranger who trained in jungle survival up until the year 1992. Chances are, they trained under the Aeta tribesmen of the Philippine jungles in Subic, Zambales, where the former 7th fleet of the US Navy used to hold base. The Aeta natives taught them everything from fire starting, shelter building, food and water sourcing, animal trap-setting and all kinds of bushcraft – all with the use of the bamboo.

I know this because I live in the Philippines and worked in the former Subic Naval Base myself.  When the dormant volcano Mt. Pinatubo erupted in 1991, ash rained over most of our northern island of Luzon. It forced the Navy to evacuate, and the Philippine government took over the base.  I worked as a volunteer marketing staff for the base-turned-freeport, and observed as the Aetas continued to teach…

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