The folks taught her to erect a second roof when building a desert shelter. Balsam fir resin makes an excellent antiseptic for treating cuts and abrasions. Douse bait with cod liver oil. Disguise your scent with the smoke from green pine needles on a campfire. Cattails are one of the most abundant and best-tasting plants out there. The Pileated Woodpecker digs his home facing east.
Also: artificial accents and gaits. Breaking your fall from a significant height. Following someone who is behind you. Ventriloquism. Echolocation. Non-sleeping. Temporary heart-stopping. Basic grip-loosening maneuvers.
All learned between the ages of 0 and 13 when the family was on the run, never staying in the same town for more than a couple weeks, a series of B.O.-scented motel rooms, humidity and sore throats and ticket-takers speaking Farsi and Swedish and Maasai. In the evenings Mom would quiz her on exchange rates while Pop made phone calls in the bathroom with the faucet running.