we should all be nomads: B.Magnhildøen, WRYTING-L @LISTSERV.WVU.EDU, May 08, 2007.

"Our ancestors were nomads in pursuit of game for sustenance and they continually placed inuksuit (stone markers) everywhere to indicate where game could be found, or mark what vicinity was a relatively good hunting area. So some inuksuit could be found in very remote areas. They are also very important landmarks when you are uncertain of your sense of direction." A. Mamgark. In, J. Bennett & S. Rowley, eds., Uqalurait: An Oral History of Nunavut. Montreal, 2004.

the fiery pillar: "It is remarkable that Yakut legends contain so many references to explosions, fiery whirlwinds and the launch of flaming spheres disgorged by 'an orifice belching smoke and fire' with a 'banging steel lid', in the depths of which lies a whole subterranean country.""Mysteries of Siberia's 'Valley of Death.'" An interview with U. Uvarov. www.nexusmagazine.com/ articles/installation2.html

metaphor of dissolution: V. Turner, "Betwixt and Between: The Liminal Period in Rites of Passage. In, L.C. Mahdi, S. Foster, M. Little, eds., Betwixt & Between: Patterns of Masculine and Feminine Initiation. LaSalle, IL., 1987.

Their logic: As if from these very stones the heat of a mediating language doesn't glow