Steven “Snow Bear” Taylor (of Anglo ancestry) began a lifelong pursuit of traditional ways of North American indigenous tribes 44 years ago. He began with extensive study of edible and medicinal wild plants of the Southern Appalachians. Since that time, he has sat with traditional elders of the Cherokee, Creek, Seminole, Lakota and Ojibwa nations. His quest for knowledge with these elders could not be simply termed “academic,” for he has also has sought to integrate the spiritual and life values of these cultures.
He has been an educator for more than 40 years, presenting cultural programs for schools, museums and summer camps in primitive living skills, world rhythm traditions, and the edible, medicinal and utilitarian purposes of wild plants. He has been a mentor at Green River Preserve’s Little Tree programs for 9 years; director of E.A.R.T.H. Camp’s Walkabout program for 4 years; a Senior Counselor at the Outdoor Therapeutic Program, Georgia Mental Health Institute, for 8 years; and is a founder of Earthskills Rendezvous (an ancestral and sustainable living skills educational symposium). He is a recording artist with the world music group ‘Sapien.’In 1997, the music of “Sapien – Gathering” was nominated for the Grammy award, “Best New Age Album of the Year.