Thursday, December 11, 2008

Dying culture, dying tongue

I read an article this morning about the Kawesqar, a Patagonian tribe whose members are dying off. It discussed the ingenious way that Kawesqar would rub themselves in fat before diving for mussels, presumably to keep warm. But beware of romanticism. One of the members, estimated age 66, remarked, "I am not sad. Life is easier now." Also, beware of the annoying use of the phrase "pure-blooded" throughout the article. I found it irritating. It's a phrase that ought to be applied to dogs, not people.

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