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Wed, Feb. 29th, 2012 | 04:45 pm  ♬ Damage, Inc. - METALLICA slavezombie


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I just realized something I can add to my wishlist. I don't have my own quill. I think it would be cool to have a quill that I can play around with when I feel like brainstorming ideas onto paper. There is another fascination I have with feathers and it's the meaning feathers have to Native Americans.

One version I've heard is that when the dinosaurs were becoming extinct--during the cataclysmic event that wiped them out from the earth--Native Americans survived by the assistance of an eagle. I think it's interesting how the Native American Indians of this country believed that the eagle that swooped down and picked up one of the persons trying to seek shelter from the flood, brought her back down after the floods subsided and the eagle transformed into a man. The feather that Indians wear on the hair is supposed to be symbolic of this eagle because it is believed that when the eagle transformed itself into a man, one of it's feathers remained in his hair.

On the one hand, Europeans used feathers to write with and on the other hand, Indians believed their feathers to be sacred and wore them on their hair. Somehow, it all seems like a parallel universe. Here's a link to of the Declaration of Independence.


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Mark McConchie

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from: markmc03
date: Fri, Mar. 2, 2012 09:30 am (UTC)
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I had an interesting conversation with a First Nations fellow and when I described how humans - homo sapiens (meaning First Nations people) arrived on the continent in two waves, one about 25,000 years ago and another about 15,000 years ago, he stared at me in shock, disagreeing vehemently and asserting that First Nations people have always lived in North America and have no biological connection with the other races. Since he was giving me a ride in his truck, I did not quarrel with him but tried to explain DNA research which was met with as much incredulity as my other statements.

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Bier de Stone

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date: Sat, Mar. 3, 2012 06:05 am (UTC)
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When DNA technology was first being reported on the news, I remembered being puzzled as well. I went to the library and picked a book on DNA technology, but found it hard to dive into long enough to learn something. I haven't seen any theories on the origins of First Nations People, but I might poke around the Internet a bit now that I can try a new search term I never before heard. 'American Indian', 'native American' always seemed a bit suggestive as it incorporates the name "America" which I'm not sure any of the local dwellers had anything to say about. As far as the truth behind how they got here, I'm sure I'll be as perplexed about it as I am about the origins of the Basque language, Euskera.

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Mark McConchie

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date: Sat, Mar. 3, 2012 10:39 pm (UTC)
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About the DNA, I agree, the concepts are hard to wrap ones brain around, but as I understand it, DNA strands, over time, add certain traits at a predictable rate over time. When people, as a group, split up and move to different locations, their DNA begins to vary as of the time of the split, but the strand of the DNA up to that point will share specific characteristics. By comparing strands, you can identify when changes happened between different groups of people. It's hard to believe, but all modern humans were a single people just 70,000 years ago, all of us black skinned and living in the African Rift Valley. In the space of those generations, as we wandered and split into groups living in different parts of the globe, we became the various races. And scientists have been able to determine that homo sapiens made the crossing to North America during Ice Ages when the sea level was much lower due to the freezing of the water, when a land bridge existed between Asia and North America. There is also evidence that those early pioneers travelled by boat along the land bridge. If you compare pictures of people living in Central Asia with pictures of Native Americans, you will find startling similarities.

And languages are a whole other aspect to the whole migration thing.

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