pow-wa-ha LO25050

From: ACampnona@aol.com
Date: 07/07/00

Replying to LO25048 --

Dear Ray.

Many thanks for offering an authentic prospect.

>In the old Cherokee nation the Council of Chiefs brought in the Moravians
>to teach the children to speak and write English. The letters from those
>missionaries to their mission boards are highly complementary of the
>children and their rapid learning of anything they taught. They added to
>their culture without deleting. Today they are forced to choose one over
>the other.

I like the idea I sense within this of accretion rather than deletion;-)
both/and rather than either/or? The story I cited was a favourite of
Benjamin Franklin. The very next sentence as commentary to the citation
reflects exactly your point Ray, " Nevertheless one cannot help feeling
that this splendid retort was more likely to have been penned by a
educated graduate from the Northern Provinces rather than by a fleet of
foot, cold warior." Perhaps Mark Twain takes a 'best view' on our
necessary changing historical perspectives, " The very ink with which all
history is written is merely fluid prejuidice." (Following the Equator)


Andrew Campbell



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