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Experience Life with Nathan
Nathan grew up in a large family on rural land in Colorado and Texas, and along with his siblings, was homeschooled until age 18. He developed an early interest in living off the land after hearing the stories of relatives from south Texas and northern Mexico who utilized wild edible plants and cooked meat in underground pits. Around the same time, he also became fascinated by languages and studied Spanish, Chinese,classical Nahuatl and archaic Hebrew. When not studying, Nathan spent all of his time observing beetles, spiders, ants, birds, squirrels, deer and feral cats. He was not content merely observing nature -- he wanted more than anything to become part of it.
In his late teens, Nathan readily devoured academic literature on gorillas, chimpanzees and early humans. In college he studied Near Eastern archaeology and history, anthropology, sociology and linguistics and spent his free time replicating hunter-gatherer artifacts, observing captive chimpanzees and reading every ethnography he could get his hands on. In the library, he discovered that he could absorb knowledge at a far greater rate than in the classroom -- and for free. During this time, he discovered the writings of Daniel Quinn and John Zerzan, but quickly realized that their romantic views and impractical solutions were illogical and not substantiated by comparative ethology or the archaeological record.
At age 19, Nathan spent part of the summer with several First Nations in the Canadian Pacific Northwest -- gathering berries by the bushel and travelling out to sea fishing with other teenagers in very dangerous little boats. After the experience, he knew that he wanted to spend the rest of his life living off the land and sea -- with a large extended family if possible.
After returning to Texas, Nathan worked as a librarian and manual laborer before finding a job as an experimental archaeological instructor at a remote desert field school, where he instructed students of all ages in primitive technology and optimal foraging theory. He also had access to a large ranch and began subsisting for weeks at a time exclusively on wild game that he hunted and trapped. In between teaching seasons, he traveled from Alaska to the Amazon to test the foraging potential of a diverse number of bioregions and served as a consultant and trainer for prominent internationally televised survival programs.
He continued to contemplate the interplay between language and society and conducted extensive personal research in the fields of memetics, neurolinguistics, neuromorphic computing, paleoanthropology, primatology and comparative ethology.
From the beginning, Nathan was driven by an overwhelming desire to live by hunting and foraging. He initially looked for an existing community of radical subsistence hunters, but found none who were truly living the life that he wanted. He also soon realized that to inspire others, he would have to first take the plunge and immerse himself in the life that many only dreamed and wrote about. After losing work due to the recession, he fulfilled his life-long goal of personally living off the land as a subsistence hunter, trapper, forager and artisanal commercial fisherman. He largely disappeared from the public view for 7 years but now feels that the time has come to renew his search for family.
"The most potent form of anarchy is that of the mind. Those who embrace all aspects of their animal nature experience a freedom that the domesticated and civilized mind cannot comprehend."
-- Nathan Martinez
Texas Parks & Wildlife, Window to the Past: Lower Pecos Rock Art, PBS, 2007 (self)
Man vs. Wild, Season 4 Episode 4, Texas, Discovery Channel, 2009 (consultant)
Curiosity, Season 1 Episode 9, I, Caveman, Discovery Channel, 2011 (consultant, trainer)
3 Days on the Cross, Final Vision Films, 2017 (Asher Saenz, consultant)
The Last Hunter: Silence of the Malpaís, Neandertal Films, 2018 (self, director)
Naked and Afraid, Season 10 Episode 2, You've Got Another Sting Coming, Discovery Channel, 2019 (self)