the animal: J. Derrida, Of Spirit: Heidegger and the Question. Chicago, 1989. p.49. "It is not that the animal has a lesser relationship, or a more limited access to entities, it has an other relationship (to the world)." (Ibid.)

birds picked over: "It was only then that biologist Tom Reimchen came along and added the decomposing fish to a remarkable study that has found that salmon - and the bears that yard them out of streams by the tonne - transfer a massive amount of essential nutrients out of the sea and into the forest. He and his colleagues at the University of Victoria, who have examined thousands of such fish for their on-going work, are tracking marine nitrogen as it winds its way through the forest ecosystem and ends up in insects, tree tops and bird feathers. They figure that up to half the nitrogen in some trees comes from the sea through nature's remarkable system of transference. They also estimate that up to 80% of the salmon that enter streams on the Pacific coast can end up on the forest floor....
"Federal fisheries officers as recently as the early 1970s shot bears they saw on salmon streams, thinking they were killing spawning salmon. While that is no longer allowed, Prof. Reimchen says fisheries managers still take a pretty blinkered view of the world. 'They treat salmon and humans as a two-species ecosystem, where people are the single user and can take the biological surplus,' says Prof. Reimchen. 'In fact, there is no biological surplus,'he says. 'The surplus, in fact, is what’s used by all the other species utilizing the salmon, be it bears, seals, or seal lions or the forest.'” M. Munro, "The Sacred Link--Bears, Salmon, and Ancient Forests." http://www.ariverneversleeps.com/backissues/march00/nature.shtml.

ensembles: “Ensembles are never homogeneous; differences between members and parts of the whole will always exist. Not just small differences, but radical dissimilarity. ‘Otherness,’ Derrida insisted, is the norm, and we must learn to live with it. Even within ourselves there is fragmentation. In Derrida’s terms we are all multiple beings, ensembles within. Accordingly, the demand for oneness is a pathology we must renounce, for only by accepting the radical ‘otherness’ of others can we live in harmony with them. As he put it, ‘Living together contests the closure of the ensemble.’” M. Wertheim, “Brain Worlds: Hawking, Derrida and Living with the Other.” LA Weekly, November 7-13. http://www.laweekly.com/ink/printme.php?eid=48452

a dancer: "Dance is a superior type of movement elevated above everyday existence. It is a magical activity which empowers the dancer to transform human flesh, into whatever he chooses: leopard, snake, boar, baboon. Dance, furthermore, embodies a force capable of creating and destroying or, in the animal metaphor, taming." S. Lonsdale, Animals and the Origins of Dance. New York, 1981