Gail Williams (gail) Mon 9 Oct 00 09:53
Plenty of interesting insights all through, and this conversation did hint convincingly that this is an interesting book. Thanks, everybody.
Malcolm Terence (malcolmterence) Mon 9 Oct 00 14:11
When we visit oral cultures we see that story telling is beyond art. It is ritual, like polishing an heirloom. Stories are told the same in every telling, spread over generations. Newpass, the Karuk Indian, leaped from the second floor window 80 or 90 years ago to escape from gold miner vigilantes in Orleans, not far from Black Bear. His descendants still tell the story without hyperbole. They have a responsibility to retell reliably that we who drown in a sea of print can never know. Perhaps, as we Black Bears wrote down our stories, we were as close as we can be to our Karuk neighbors in this responsibility. If stories have pleased the listeners, that is good. They are all true -- even the ones that disagree with each other. The message. Tell your stories. Write them. Share them.
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