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Re: place names and fossils



On Mar 31, 2007, at 6:59 PM, Donna Braginetz wrote:

The Dene People of the
Northwest Territories have tales about their culture hero Yamoria
destroying the Giant Beaver.

Er... just how horrible *were* the giant beaver? I don't suppose Yamoria
filed an environmental impact statement beforehand...?
-- Donna Braginetz
--It's not really about killing beavers, but an adventure story that served as a kind of map to describe important geographical landmarks along a traditional fishing and hunting trail. On the other hand, the Dene did describe the bear-sized beavers as dangerous to people, "aggressive, notorious for upsetting canoes with their large tails," and a nuisance--like the corps of army engineers always "damming up great rivers and changing their flow."