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  •  That visual language makes me think of (3+ / 0-)
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    the string language of the Inuit. I'm reading a book right now (fictional speculation of what happened to the Franklin NW passage debacle) that includes Inuits, some of the locals having interacted with the shipwrecked guys, and whose oral reports were borne out in later archeology researches. One of the more interesting aspects of the failure (all hundred plus of them died horribly of starvation, scurvy, poisoning, cannibalism, exposure) is that they deliberately rejected using any of the survival strategies of the locals. But back to language  - the Inuit had no paper or alphabet, what they used, besides oral history and stories, were string figures, kind of like cat's cradle but far more sophisticated. An ephemeral dynamic abstract language entirely visual. Symbols like pictograms, but not written on a surface. Totally foreign to our doomed European visitors of course, as was the language and everything else "primitive", like fur clothing etc.

    •  oh yes, another very subtle ancient culture (3+ / 0-)
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      Polly Syllabic, OceanDiver, Wood Gas

      and considering they didn't step out of a time warp but an unbroken cultural lineage, very interesting.

      I only have a bit of the string idea, I thought it was as a memory device....and probably not only an Inuit idea either.
      Very interesting...

      This machine kills Fascists.

      by KenBee on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 12:26:57 PM PDT

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