A year in the taiga

A Herzog-related film (I love Herzog) I was not aware of is Happy People. Happy people are the hunters of the taiga when they are hunting. I also learned in this film of the Ket people, who I instantly knew had to be ancestors of the Native Americans. And it does appear that their language is related to some Native American languages.

I like them very much. I like the Uyghurs as well, also a very old people. I am concerned for their survival, and for that of the Kets. What is it about central Asia, where I have never been, that seems so much like home? What is it about first peoples, what makes them so much warmer?

What in addition to colonialism destroyed us — or was that, with all of its elements, enough?


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