Monthly Archives: December 2015

Ideas that add up #208

Until the past few decades, the Bushmen and the lions lived among each other. They shared water holes. Prides occasionally came into Bushmen camps. A small group of four Bushmen hunters could drive a pride of 30 lions off a … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #207

Predators are perhaps our most accessible experience of the wild. To come upon a grizzly track is to experience the wild in a most intimate, carnal way, an experience that is marked by gross alterations in attention, perception, body language, … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #206

“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.”  ‘The Abstract Wild: A Rant’ in The Abstract Wild by Jack Turner (1/5) Turner is … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #205

A hunter-gathering society has, on its doorstep, the equivalent of its supermarket, hospital, place of worship, and entertainment centre, and none are shut at weekends. There are no admission fees, no bills, no tax, no mortgage, and no pensions. A … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #204

Critics of tribal peoples’ rights often assert that those who support them want the people to remain poor. But that is not what is at stake at all: it is rather a case of trying to prevent people being driven … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #203

Tribal and indigenous peoples have art and music just like everyone else. They also have ‘traditional’ sports, which include wrestling, running with heavy logs, canoe and horse racing, and a kind of polo. Rubber originates in the Americas and was … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #202

“The river is named after my grandfather. One of my uncles was a historian and lay preacher here. He taught me all the old stories of who we are and what we are.  “I don’t believe that coal is a … Continue reading

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