Filson - Extinctions of the Pleistocene

1. In the winter she made a hole in the dooryard.  She dug down deeper than the frost goes, and to this hole she brought some old army blankets and a sleeping bag and a pillow and a canteen of water. She readied her hole, and when the cold came she got down in there, and she pulled an old door over top of herself, and she slept.

3. Jumping flea, Jumping flea

4. The smell of rose leaves in spices

5. First, the ice bridge, and then the prehistoric migration, the clovis colonization

5. First, the ice bridge, and then the prehistoric migration, the clovis colonization

6. Now, the frozen bridge is a deep channel to cross by ferry-boat

2. The porcupine eater pole houses. Shrines, erected on palisades, filled with masks, skulls, carved effigies of ancestors, porcupine fetishes carved from ivory, soapstone and birch wood - turquoise for eyes.

2. The porcupine eater pole houses. Shrines, erected on palisades, filled with masks, skulls, carved effigies of ancestors, porcupine fetishes carved from ivory, soapstone and birch wood - turquoise for eyes.

4.5 They take turns reading aloud

4.5 They take turns reading aloud

5.5. He kills the bird by pressing his thumb on its heart to stop the blood-flow

7. 47 million years ago, early whales, able to live on land and in water, began their return to the sea.

8. And then motoring over the frozen roads, the freeze and the thaw, the heaving that will rattle you, and in the morning - darkness and the crows that you will wake to

9. The Angakkuq  ᐊᖓᑦᑯᖅ, feathers to keep him warm 

11. Dark houses on the frozen water

11.5 The snow that comes silently in the night, the snow that blows in from the east and sticks to the tree trunks

10. The snow is very deep

12. The floor that is wet from flapping fish

13. All of us here, solitary and in packs, all of us old before our time, speaking in words, speaking in symbols, speaking in whale songs. 

13.5.Dwelling of the Seguinland garbled talkers. Whale rib arches draped with sealskin and insulated with dried moss; windows of dried and sewn seal intestine

15. Inside, the lady bugs, the cluster flies, the conifer beetles, the house plants parched from the evenings fire, growing towards the window, towards the light

14. And of course we immediately forget the past. And of course we cannot remember our dreams. In her dream last night she introduced people to themselves.

 

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22. If you have the time, girdle the tree, and let gravity bring it down. In the hole where the roots were, the skeleton of a bear.

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23. The boiling of the sap, the boiling of meat in the sap. Fire sharpened sticks to spear the crabs.