By Elizabeth Von Aderkas
The Indian tribes of the Pacific Northwest, either at the Coast and the inland Plateau, have been the final to come across white investors and settlers. while touch occured within the past due 18th century the explorers and investors discovered precise cultures.
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Even in November, it floods through the car’s windshield, heating up the interior. Now, as night falls, I switch on the car’s heater to compensate for the disappearance of the sun, always remembering that I am using the sun’s captured energy to heat the car’s darkened interior and propel me through the gathering darkness. It is easy to think that the sun is strong today, but according to Shoshone and Paiute Indian creation stories, it was once far more potent. ” Instead, as related in the Paiute story “Cottontail’s Encounter with Sun,” it stayed motionless in the sky; at that time, “the land was very hot .
The Big Dipper shimmering overhead is Ta•noa´di, a heavenly net into which men chase rabbits. To some Native peoples hereabouts, Orion’s belt consists of three stars that are either mountain sheep or mountain sheep husbands, while the brightest star in this constellation (Sirius) is a woman called Tinagidi (The Chaser). 1 Night temporarily etches the characters in these stories into the mind, but daytime temporarily erases it. Day and night convey very different moods—and generate very different philosophical questions.
And so, to give everybody a better chance of surviving, I instinctively reduce my speed to 70, then 60, as night closes in. I then return to my contemplation about creation, which has a second vexing quality. If it is true that humankind possesses the most inquiring of minds, it is also true that people arrived on the scene long after the world was created—in other words, were not present at creation. Ever curious, the human mind knows that something both magnificent and overwhelming occurred but is forever denied the ability to know exactly what it was.
American Indians of the Pacific Northwest by Elizabeth Von Aderkas