Actually, no. I'm from long ago, and remember you, but not the bloke
your thinking of. I'm more the pariah of Usenet than Groggy.
Although I am currently considering expatriating to New Zealand.
He was just Greg, I'm
Anybody who thinks that the Native Americans are not capable of making
incredibly high quality handwoven textiles needs to check out the Pueblo
Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Note that contemporary Native American rugs
go for the same kind of prices as Iranian.
IIRC, the highest appraised value for an item on Antiques Roadshow was
at one time an American Indian blanket ... don't remember the exact
price, high six figures ... not bad for a simple black and white saddle
blanket exactly like one I used to have. :)
I agree, that's why I said "most cases." In order to have a woven blanket,
you have to have some sort of fibrous material. In order to have that, you
have to be part of an agricultural society, raise sheep, or somesuch. The
Navajo and Pueblo were part of such groups and could grow flax and other
fiber-bearing material. They were quite good at woven products. And black
fedoras with wide brims.
Other Indians, plains Indians, were nomadic and didn't stay anywhere long
enough to grow much in the way of crops or herds. They were on the move
quite a bit, never stopping long enough to invent the wheel. Or musical
instruments, a written language, rudimentary metallurgy, or much beyond a
remedy for hiccups.
Individual groups do not have to invent everything for them to use the
invention. The plains Indians were aware of the wheel but did not
adapted it into their life style.
The art of weaving has been in all societies for many centuries before
the discovery of American continent. The materials that were used in
weaving were dependent on the the environment they lived.
It is my personal opinion that people today significantly under rate the
accomplishments and technologies of those cultures and people who have
past before us. ie. we have lost our natural knowledge as we become
dependent on electronic technologies. (Or you don't need a computerized
shop to turn out high quality woodworking projects.)
For centuries, the nomadic plains Indian had no need of blanket weaving
skills, - there was a ready supply of buffalo robes - prior the advent of
european settlers and the wiping out of the buffalo herds.
No musical instruments? - perhaps drums and double chambered flutes don't
I'll bet our indigenous Indians knew:
1.If their feet were cold, push the blanket down
2.If their chest was cold, pull the blanket up
ADJUST THE BLANKET TO SUIT OUR NEEDS?!?!?!?! CHRIST ALMIGHTY!!!!! WE
CAN"T FUCK AROUND THAT WAY!!!!
The next thing you're going to tell me is I can't vary the route I go
to work due to traffic.
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