One of the tension that I found that was interesting is between the indigenous knowledge and western science. I think it was interesting to see the perspective between the indigenous people and the scientists. Going back to the readings/videos about Kennewick Man’s story, Kennewick is really rare and it was one of a kind, the reading states “Losing Kennewick Man means future scientists won’t have him to compare against other ancient remains.” Scientists wants to learn more about Kennewick man and they don’t want to lose it.
Annie Dillard's “Living Like Weasels” is a personal essay reflecting the author's interpretation of her first encounter with a wild weasel. From the very beginning, Dillard explains what it is that makes a weasel wild, saying that they, “[stalk] rabbits, mice, muskrats , and birds, killing more bodies than he can eat warm, and often dragging the carcases home” (Dillard, line 2). She uses very violent and visceral imagery and almost exaggerates to the readers how savage they live. Dillard is very clear in mentioning that the bodies are ‘warm’ as the weasel ‘drags’ it home; although written so casually, this can strike the readers as disturbing being that it implies the weasel does not even wait for death to completely consume the body of the prey. She continues to offer a distant naturalistic description of the location where she met the weasel, “under every bush [a] muskrat hole or a beer can...fields and woods, threaded everywhere with motorcycle tracks--in whose bare clay wild turtles lay eggs”
For Annie Dillard there’s no area of knowledge without its accompanying urge of wonder; she has an appreciation of recognition and perfusion of the world, and as well a bonus for communicating disbelief. I believe she is very different to most people. When we look at the world around us we only see a portion of what is actually there, but on the other hand, she constantly absorbs every detail of the place and experience around her. But her unique skill lies in taking what she has seen, experienced and written about with fierce prose. In her book, :The Abundance,” Dillard writes about subjects in wide-range and diverse as solar eclipses, the family jokes, the bundle of energy that is the weasel, as well as essays on skin, and tsunamis.
During his 1950 Nobel Prize Banquet Speech, William Faulkner expresses his concept of the “writer’s duty,” saying it is “his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart.” In her essay, “The Chase,” Annie Dillard illustrates this concept by expressing her enthusiasm for life through the perspective of her younger self. She narrates her experience being chased by a man after she and her friends throw snowballs at his car. When she is eventually caught, Dillard is upset that it is over, as it was the ultimate test of the skills she had acquired in football. Dillard accomplishes the “writer’s duty” because she lifts our hearts with a story that is meaningful, purposeful, and effective.
Bob Scriver sold his collection of Blackfeet artifacts to a Canadian Museum in 1989. The Blackfeet in Montana and Canada were both shocked by the insensitivity of his actions. They felt it was a huge loss to their cultural identity as well as their trust in Bob Scriver. Bob Scriver was a man who was once considered an honorary member of the tribe. While cultural artifacts are important I do not feel that they are the most important aspect of a culture to preserve.
Dillard’s “In the Jungle” was most striking to me in its use of juxtaposition between the purity of the nature in the jungle with the poisonous and greedy deeds of the oil company, Texaco. The essay begins with an idyllic recollection of a night on the Napo River. Dillard recounts the Jesuit’s music, the fireflies, and the way “[e]ach star…seemed to tremble and stir with my breath” (72). The entire scene seems to embody the untouched innocence of life in the jungle. Quickly, however, the tone shifts from peaceful and picturesque to violent as the narrative jumps forward in time, discussing Texaco’s future infractions against the almost-sacred jungle.
History in the Making It is important to remember an individual after they die. To do so, the ones who left an impact on this world are remembered by things such as monuments. In most cases, these monuments honor the utmost sacrifices or even the greatest achievements of those who lived. As of today, around the world there are millions of monuments that memorialize events of people.
Antigone: Gender Difference and Power As we are all aware that for generations, gender difference and power have been an issue for centuries. That being said the play Antigone by Sophocles, displays many examples of these struggles. The main topics that will be discussed, are: Antigone’s background history in Oedipus the King, the conflict between Creon the king of Thebes and Antigone, the gender difference and power. In order to know who Antigone is, you must know some of her and her families background, which is from the play of Oedipus the King.
Vanessa Zamora I found great pleasure reading these texts over the past few weeks. The authors have opened my mind to recognize different ways of living through their perspectives. Whether I was influenced by their words positively or negatively, I was pleased to have read and been guided through new directions of different types of living. Below are my thoughts and feeling towards each of the readings and how each one has affected me.
Do you know the origin of the solar calendar or the inventors of it? North America before 1500 CE, also known as the Pre-Columbian era, was the era of some of the greatest and most beautiful civilizations, such as the Mayan, which created the solar calendar and many other inventions, and Aztec civilizations, which also had a lot of technology. History shows that these civilizations had a lot of amazing and interesting culture and life, they invented many important pieces of technology, they had many great works and temples, and interesting religions. South America, during these times, was beautiful but also had flaws. Due to the large civilizations drought and other factors occurred, which led to war and violence.