What about Wilma

I'm going to live like a cavewoman in Amsterdam for a year and create a documentary and a book to show you what we can learn from our early ancestors.
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Marianne van Dijk
Film
Amsterdam
Netherlands
5 Team Members

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You can join in for as little as 1 euro! For 25 euros, you'll invest in one day of research and documentary making.

Hi! I´m Marianne. I´m a journalist and a philosopher, and I am going to live like a cavewoman in Amsterdam for a year.

I think it is important to question what your own society teaches you. I’ll do this by exploring the habits of early homo sapiens, to find out what we can learn from them. I’ll share my experience in a blog, a book and a documentary so you can see which habits turn out to be beneficial for your health, your happiness or the environment.

What I will do

Every two weeks I will add a new habit. These are the areas I will focus on:

Diet: does it make you healthier to stay away from processed foods, refined sugar and the amounts of grain that we eat now? Will it make me feel good to eat according to the seasons and to regularly put offal on the menu, as hunter-gatherers did?

Exercise: what happens if you walk barefoot as much as they did? Do you get fit more easily if you train outdoors instead of using fitness machines?

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Social life: will it make you happier if you get to know all the people that live around you, like Wilma did? Do you feel closer to people if you have gadget-free weeks, in which you´ll visit friends instead of using phone or email to contact them?

Mental issues: did they live more in 'the now' in those times? Do you feel more relaxed if you don't wake up by an alarm clock? Will becoming Wilma and not having electricity, cure my fear of the dark?

Love life: how did they find and approach a partner back then, and will it be a more successful strategy than my internet dating?

Work and skills: what´s it like to hunt? How hard is it to make your own fire?

Art and entertainment: what will I do in the days I don´t use internet? What´s it like to make a proper cavewall painting?  

Personal care: if I don´t eat sugar, will it suffice to clean my teeth the way they did, without a regular tooth-brush? Can I use natural make-up?

Philosophy and spirituality: how would Wilma deal with questions that cannot be answered empirically, like how you should treat other people, what a meaningful life is, and how we relate to animals and nature?

If you’d like an overview of the habits, or if you have suggestions, check www.whataboutwilma.com.

Apart from undertaking actions myself, I also have two team members who will suprise me with interventions. Wilma didn't always know what was going to happen, so they will arrange for some unexpected events that will teach me the flexibility one might have needed in Palaeolithic times.

Proper research into the habits of early homo sapiens will be undertaken. I will regularly consult a palaeontologist and other experts.

The success of the project to date

What about Wilma ran a trial session for 100 days. The 100 days appeared on Dutch national television, radio and newspapers. The project received international attention from Belgian national newspapers.

Mark Sisson, America´s no. 1 author on the Palaeolithic diet and lifestyle, wrote about What about Wilma: ‘An Amsterdam woman has pledged to document her attempt to live like a cavewoman for 100 days…Here are her rules. They’re pretty strict.’

Blog-follower Danielle from UK wrote on June 27: 'I’ve been so inspired by you and am trying to apply some of your challenges to living in London! I would love you to do it for a year'

Who I am

After getting my master's degree in philosophy I became a journalist for Filosofie Magazine, the biggest Dutch philosophy magazine. My articles on philosophy, art and human interest have also appeared in other magazines and newspapers like Intermediair, Volkskrant and Kunstbeeld.

 

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The documentary team

I will do daily recordings of my life as a cavewoman. 2013 Academy Award nominee Deepeei Film Productions will film the most important moments and turn it into an amazing film.

FAQ’s

1. Why do you use modern day media, when they didn't have those in the Paleolithic era?
I know. I would love to visit you all to tell you about my adventure, but I think I will reach more people this way. That's important, not just because I want to show you what happens every day, but also because I want to hear YOUR opinions, questions and ideas.
In order to investigate the gadget-free aspect of the paleolithic era, I will have weeks without phone and computer as well.

2. Is it possible to really live like a cavewoman?
I know you can't go back in time and I don't want to. But I'd like to explore a selection of habits that I think are interesting for how we live nowadays.

3. You assume that the habits of our ancestors are healthy. But didn’t they all die at 30?
Thirty was the average life expectancy. This is a somewhat misleading statistic, as this average is skewed by a high infant mortality rate. The fossil records, early accounts, and modern studies consistently show that many people in hunting-gathering societies lived into advanced old age, even reaching the century mark. That being said, I´m testing the hypothesis that their lifestyle is healthy: whether it is, is an open question for me as well. That´s why it´s an experiment!

Where the money will go

If we reach the target of 10.000 ($13,000), this is what the funds will be used for:

-A Team of experts that will teach me how to find edible plants in Amsterdam, how to make fire, how to make a proper cavewall painting.
-Medical tests before and after to show you what happens to my body.
-Material for research like books, material for art making.
-Life expenses for food that cannot be obtained outdoors in Amsterdam (my rent etc. will not be funded by you).

What you can do to make this possible

We have a so-called 'fixed funding' campaign. This means that if we don´t collect the total sum by September 13th, the project will be cancelled.
If you'd like What about Wilma to go ahead, there are two things you can do.

1. Donate. You can donate for as little as 1 euro!For 25 euros, you invest in one day of research and documentary making. The more you give, the more I can do, and the better the perks.

2. Spread the word. Copy and paste this website’s URL and send it via e-mail, Facebook or Twitter to people who you think would be interested in the project.

Donating by transferring to bank account.

For those who don't have a credit card or a PayPal account: you can directly transfer your donation to my bank account as well: M. van Dijk, Amsterdam: 70.73.28.314
For Non-Dutch transferrals you'll need my IBAN and BIC:
IBAN: NL62 ASNB 0707 3283 14
BIC: ASN Bank ASNBNL21

Please add your email address in the subject, so we'll be able to send you the corresponding perk. I will transfer the money to Indiegogo, so the amount on this page will show exactly how much we have collected.

Questions? Email: info@whataboutwilma.com


Let´s start a fire!

 

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  • €10EUR
    Cavewall of Fame

    CAVECURIOUS Thanks! Your name will be mentioned on this website and on the Cavewall of Fame in my apartment. If you’d like to stay anonymous, you'll find that option when you donate as well.

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  • €15EUR
    E-book

    DIGITAL CAVEMAN Thank you! You'll be the first to get the digital version of the book, which is a guide of how to apply the most useful Palaeolithic habits in your own life. It will contain beautiful pictures of the highlights of the year. You’ll have the option of being mentioned on the Cavewall of Fame as well.

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    Estimated delivery: February 2015
  • €25EUR
    Wilma's food

    CAVEFRIEND Thanks!! You’ll get seeds of a vegetable that grew 40.000 years ago and was eaten by Wilma and her friends. In order to prepare it in a Palaeolithic manner you’ll also get a personal message from Wilma including 5 delicious paleo recipes (includes vegetarian/vegan options). You will be mentioned on the Cavewall of Fame if you’d like that as well.

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    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • €50EUR
    Documentary - special edition

    AMBITIOUS CAVEMAN Thanks a lot! You’ll be the first to get a copy of the documentary, which contains deleted scenes, a making off and bloopers of the year. The package also includes a link to the documentary for those who prefer that. Documentary will be either in English with Dutch subtitles or in Dutch with English subtitles, so everyone will be able to follow it. You’ll receive Wilma’s vegetable seeds as well, and you’ll have the option of being mentioned on the Cavewall of Fame.

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    Estimated delivery: May 2015
  • €75EUR
    The book - special edition

    ADVANCED CAVEMAN Thank you very much, this is great! You'll be the first to get a Wilma-style signed copy of the book, which is a guide of how to apply the most useful Palaeolithic habits in your own life. It will contain beautiful pictures of the highlights of the year. You’ll receive Wilma’s vegetable seeds as well, and you’ll have the option of being mentioned on the Cavewall of Fame.

    5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2015
  • €100EUR
    Tickets to premiere in a cave!

    PROFESSIONAL CAVEMAN Wow! Thanks so much, that's amazing. You'll get a VIPP (Very Important Palaeolithic Person) ticket to the pre-premiere of the documentary in..A CAVE! Includes a personal welcome by Wilma and paleosnacks to enjoy while you’re watching. You’ll also receive What about Wilma’s book, Wilma’s vegetable seeds, and you’ll have the option of being mentioned on the Cavewall of Fame.

    8 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2015
  • €250EUR
    Documentary and blog mention

    CHIEF CAVEMAN That is absolutely wonderful, thank you so much! You’ll be mentioned with special thanks in the documentary and your logo with link to your company appears on the blog for the full year. You’ll also receive What about Wilma’s book, documentary, Wilma’s vegetable seeds, and you’ll have the option of being mentioned on the Cavewall of Fame.

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  • €500EUR
    Dinner & tickets to premiere

    CAVE HERO Thank you thank you thank you, you are fantastic! You'll get two VIPP (Very Important Palaeolithic Person) tickets to the pre-premiere of the documentary, including a personal welcome by Wilma and paleosnacks to enjoy while you’re watching ánd a paleolithic dinner for two. In addition to this you’ll get Wilma’s vegetable seeds, the book and the documentary send to you, and you’ll have the option of being mentioned on the Cavewall of Fame.

    4 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2015
  • €1,000EUR
    Stay over at Wilma’s cave

    CAVE ANGEL Thanks, I'm speechless..For 2 persons: start the day with Palaeolithic refreshments in Wilma´s cave. Learn a caveman craft, have a guided barefoot walk in Amsterdam and get some caveman exercise at your level along the way. Enjoy a 3-course Paleo candle lit dinner in Wilma´s cave and end the day by attending an evening of storytelling. You’ll also get Wilma’s seeds, the book and the documentary, and you’ll have the option of being mentioned on the Cavewall of Fame as well.

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  • €2,000EUR
    Caveman Company Workshop

    CAVE STAR Thank you, you ARE a true Palaeolithic star. Let Wilma fire up your company! Wilma has an inspiring 2 hour-workshop for you and your collegues after which you'll view your office, its surroundings and your co-workers in a new light. Email me to receive a detailed outline of the program.

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    Estimated delivery: November 2013
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