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Terry Reedy tjreedy at udel.edu
Fri Jul 6 15:57:29 EDT 2018


On 7/5/2018 9:40 PM, Jim Lee wrote:

> On 07/05/18 18:25, Steven D'Aprano wrote:
>> On Thu, 05 Jul 2018 11:27:09 -0700, Jim Lee wrote:
>>
>>> Take a village of people.  They live mostly on wild berries.
>> Because of course a community of people living on one food is so
>> realistic. Even the Eskimos and Inuit, living in some of the harshest
>> environments on earth, managed to have a relatively wide variety of foods
>> in their diet.
>>
>> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inuit_cuisine
>>
>>
> Pedantics again.  Didn't even get the point before tearing apart the 
> *analogy* rather than the *point itself*.

The irony of both Steven's interruption and your reaction is that the 
Inuit story somewhat supports your point:

"There has been a decline of hunting partially due to the fact that 
young people lack the skills to survive off the land. "

-- because they are 'growing more accustomed to the Qallunaat ("white 
people") food that they receive from the south.'

If 'white people' food stopped coming, they would starve where they are.

But change scenarios that assume that everything else remains the same 
are flawed.  Maintaining traditional skills comes up in every culture 
that is changing, which now is most all.  But the same dynamism tends to 
generate new solutions where needed.

-- 
Terry Jan Reedy




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