we lose faith: Spirits
exist outside of men, but only as long as men think of them.
If they ever go out of mind, they go out of existence. Hunters
who honor slain animals guarantee the survival of their spirits.
Neglected spirits disappear." E. Carpenter, Eskimo Realities.
New York, 1973.
watch TV: "The Inuit took to guns and ammunition, motorboats,
snowmobiles and television very quickly. Many are willing to
exploit the natural resources of their land. The North Slope
Inupiat of Alaska have taken strong prodevelopment stances prompted
by the possibility of gaining economically from the sale of oil
from their land, and there are few reasons why Canadian Inuit
should not do the same. The conception of the ecologically noble
savage is challenged by much evidence, yet seems to be maintained.” Douglas
J. Buege, “Confessions of an Eco-Colonialist: Responsible
Knowing Among the Inuit." In, D. Rothenberg, Editor, Wild
Ideas. Minneapolis, MN., 1995.
aborted too?: "To
Westerners she is the unconscious, while Inuit speak of Sila. "Sila,
goddess of the natural order, is also the goddess of thought...he
who obeys her laws, prospers. He who ignores her, suffers and
dies." E. Carpenter, Eskimo Realities. New York,
we don't even know all the things that we don't know …the
models don't realistically include ice sheets and the biosphere– all
the plants and animals on Earth. The global climate surely has
more surprises for us." J. Achenbach, “The Tempest.” Washington
Post, 28 May 2006.