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James King, John Gore, Henry Roberts

James King, John Gore, Henry Roberts


They possess it, the technology of alphabet,
that turns private thoughts and perceptions
into pieces of the world, as palpable
as footprints or scars. They bring pen
and paper, instruments to confer duration
to the momentary act of reflection.
They come with the power to make history
and they begin to make it.
These marks on paper, these abstract patterns of figures and thin lines, enter into our heads to amplify and interpret the half-created house we inhabit. A person consents to a universe commissioned by his community, consigned by his culture, defined by his language. Take away the ability to make the word permanent, use a language that has never been constrained and confined by a thousand years of literacy, and you will have a strange and different instrument for dealing with your life. You will have a different world.

John Webber, from Ships' Cove, Nootka Sound. Click.

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