KEYWORDS: culture; cultural anthropology; ethnology; society; tradition; aboriginal studies; indigenous studies; native peoples; first peoples; fourth world
The Orphan cried out in protest, as the cold of naked space entered his bones, "Who am I?" And once more science answered. "You are a changeling. You are linked by a genetic chain to all the vertebrates. The thing that is you bears the still aching wounds of evolution in body and in brain... You were the size of a rat. You ate insects. Now you fly to the Moon.".
"This is a fairy tale," protested the Orphan. "I am here, I will look in the mirror."
"Of course it is a fairy tale," said the scientists, "but so is the world and so is life. That is what makes it true. Life is indefinite departure. That is why we are all orphans. That is why you must find your own way."
Loren Eiseley (from 'The Cosmic Orphan')
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Wanderers eastward, wanderers west.
Know you why you cannot rest?
'Tis that every mother's son
Travails with a skeleton.
A. E. Housman
Revelation 21:3-4 (RSV)
Gene Weltfish (The Lost Universe, 1965)
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