Tamarix

School of Lost Borders, The Tamarix Project
Colorado Plateau
UT
84716
A zoo noticed that many of its animals were getting sick, depressed, and not performing well. They built a special veterinary clinic for these animals and hired the best doctors with all the most advanced methods and treatments to fix these underperforming animals. The doctors discovered that placing the animals in environments that closely replicated their ancestral ways of being quickly brought about drastic healing in these animals. As soon as the animals were determined healthy, however, they were immediately sent back to the zoo, where they quickly became sick again. 

Tamarix received their training in treating sick animals from this clinic, and has been studying the effects of domestication and wildness on the human animal for almost a decade. There was a problem though - after a while, Tamarix started to ask questions, questions like: Why must we send the animals back to the zoo? Why is wildness only appreciated/tolerated in small, regulated doses, just enough to coerce the animals back into service? Why does the zoo exist and why arent we attempting to destroy it? 

These questions led Tamarix to begin trying to sneak animals out of the back door of the clinic, telling them, "Go, be free! You were born wild!, you werent meant to live in a cage!" The clinic owners did not appreciate this, as they did not want wild animals, they wanted good, well-behaved, domesticated animals.

Sadly, Tamarix found it harder and harder to work in the clinic, even though they had learned so much from their time there and really loved many of the people and practices of the clinic. Tamarix had to leave the clinic, and in so doing, has decided to continue their path of rewilding, resistance and relearning what it means to be a human in a world almost totally colonized by civilization.

Tamarix has also recently decided to begin inviting others to learn with them, to share in this journey of escape and discovery. To this end, they have begun the Tamarix Project and have settled down in the Deserts of the Colorado Plateau. Tamarix invites anyone curious about their own domestication as well as their ancestral ways of knowing to explore these questions alongside them.