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  • Winston Adams
    February 20, 2013 - 09:49

    Yes , any of those could be possible. In terms of survival,Here's an experiment you might try. Get a pan of cold water. maybe 40 or 45 F, as any colder and you'll have to take your feet out to quick. You need two thermometers with the remote sensor. Measure each foot temperature, hold a dry doubled up face cloth over the sensor to insulate it. Leave it for a few minutes to get a stable temperature.Then coat one foot with vascaline to simulate the red ochre as a possible skin protector against cold wet conditions. Immerse both feet into the cold water. Leave them for say 10 minutes, which will cool the temperature of the feet. Remove both and quickly dry off the feet and put a sensor on each at the same time, again using dry facecloth as a insulator. See if the foot with the coating is warmer than the other. And observe if while immersed, if the coated foot feels warmer. If this works, it may give some insight into the Beothic methods. And in a pinch, with no plastic bag for your feet, butter off your bread may do? Too foolish to try? I can get you the sensors.

  • Paul Smith
    February 19, 2013 - 09:14

    I really have no idea on that one, whether the red ochre was cosmetic, decorative, or functional. Maybe it was all three. I doubt we will ever know for sure. It could have had something to do with insects like blackflies and stouts.

  • winston Adams
    February 16, 2013 - 13:46

    Your piece 2 weeks ago made me think of the Beothics, how hardy and adapted they were, considering they had none of the modern gear. They were the original Red Indian, as their redness was the color of the ochre they smeared on their bodies. I have wondered if it had a purpose, mixed with grease of some sort , to act as a water repellant, to assist survival in our wet cold climate. As an outdoorsman, do you think it may have served such a function?