Jim Beard is a speaker on topics such as traditional living and natural spirit teachings. His topics address many concerns to do with wellness and balance in life. He is a student of native teachings from Ojibwe Elders, Algonquin language based people, living throughout the Great Lakes Region of the US and Canada. The audiences for his presentations vary from youth to elderly.
As a naturalist Jim has gained personal experience with survival techniques and land conservancy over the past forty years through outdoor living in the northeast and western United States. His exposure to the wilderness has taught him basics of survival skills and the application of ingenuity to cope with the ever changing environments. Techniques that Jim applies to wilderness survival are based on teachings given by Native American Indians that have befriended him.
Jim's first book - White Mocs on the Red Road / Walking Sprit in a Native Way - has been noted by many to be uniquely presented to aid people in gaining insite to the mysteries of the Elder teachings of the traditional Native American.
As Founder of North American Cultural Resource, www.northeastcultural.com , he works to provide a resource of aboriginal teachings and make those teachings available to all people. Jim works with Museums, Schools, Environmental Centers and individual groups relating to Aboriginal Teachings.
Adopted by an Ojibwa family living in Canada, Jim has followed this path for many years. It is important to note that Jim is Celtic in origin. In respect of our elder teachers, only information that they permit is given out.
Since 2005 Jim resides at Monadnock State Park in Jaffrey, New Hampshire on Mt. Monadnock. When not traveling to do programs and ceremonies throughout the United States and Canada he works in the park as a ranger, emergency responder, interpreter and park camping host. During the summer he travels to many parks in New Hampshire and Vermont to provide storytelling to guests. In 2011 Jim is overseeing the building of a Native American educational area in the park that will include structures and craft areas for visitors to the park.
Jim is an experienced communicator with a message