Monday, October 29, 2012

MARVELS


are pieces of oceans that do not ever freeze.
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The good times rolled by for centuries.  The composer could not remember an episode to separate one year from another.
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But then the weather had changed!  
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The snow came.  The waters became ice all year long.  Food was very difficult to find.
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Except at the places that somehow had open water all the time.  The Lenape called these places “open water marvels.”  There were nine of them in Ungava Bay.  They were the difference between living and dying.  They were worth creating a stanza.  
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The physical explanation for the open water marvels may be that the shallow sloping lands near the shore reacts with the towering tides, which can be up to sixty feet high.  The pent up water pressure may lift the ice from the sand and drive water out into the open.  The open water marvels can be seen from satellites even today.
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The open water marvels attracted fish, birds, animals and humans.  Being near an open water marvel was the way to survive during the start of the Little Ice Age.
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But the Lenape of Greenland lived 450 miles away! 
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For nearly half the years in six cycles throughout forty years the men in Greenland pulled sleds to Ungava bay and returned with meat from the open water marvels. 
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Again the dismal years rolled by.  The open water marvels were all that were worth remembering.  So, eventually, one stanza represented about three centuries of Greenland history.
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There were many hardships.  There was never enough meat.  Some older people chose to walk out onto the ice in the coldest, darkest weather.  The "old" people were getting younger.
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The Lenape knew the
cold would come again!  
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When it did--!!??
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Oldest American History
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