Tuesday, November 27, 2012

MEN with DOGS


This excerpt from the Frozen Trail to Merica: Walking to Merica explains the meaning of the twelve symbols in the pictograph.
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The people from the three directions mean the Frozen Trail went cross the sea to the last direction, west.
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"The three clans are those who followed the bear clan.  People of those four clans are found in most villages today.  The clans help us determine who can marry whom."
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"The three types of important men remind us to respect the important men in our villages: the powvow, the powerful trader, and the sachem.
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"The three types of lesser men tell us that everyone came."
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Azon shook his head and said, "I had most of that figured out, except the three phrases at the end, 'Those with wives, those with daughters, those with dogs'.  I could not make sense of them."
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Pitolo tilted his head and remained silent for a moment.  Then he said:
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 “I had trouble with those phrases too.  I think the meaning is that the 'men with wives' tells us that all of the families came.  The 'men with daughters' means that even the men having to use their daughters for wives brought their families too.  There was probably a stigma around those families, but because they came too, we know that the whole village came.”
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 Azon waited, but Pitolo seemed to be finished.  So Azon asked, "What about the men with the dogs?"
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Pitolo responded, "How many men do you know who prefer to live with only dogs?"
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Azon thought about it, and then he said:
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“Only two men.  When our people were sure they wanted to live with only dogs, the village made them stay behind when we moved.  
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Oh?  Do you think that phrase means that everyone, really everybody, came?”
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