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152). She recasts the novel instead as a gathering story, with an overall shape resembling a sack, bag, purse, or medicine bundle. hoof marks, paw prints and the problem of writing wildly 31 Or, as Snyder remarks in his essay ‘Language Goes Two Ways’: Each of the four thousand or so languages of the world models reality in its own way, with patterns and syntaxes that were not devised by anyone. Languages were not the intellectual inventions of archaic schoolteachers, but are naturally evolved wild systems whose complexity eludes the descriptive attempts of the rational mind.

For one thing, the human brain evolved from the brains of our primate and earlier mammalian ancestors. Moreover, as Paul Shepard has argued, what we call culture and oppose to nature was built through protohuman interaction with and mimesis of the survival techniques and cultures of animals and birds. Shepard links tracking animals with the development of humans’ sense of narrative: The human mind came into existence tracking, which for us creates a land of named places and fosters narration, the tale of adventure .

Pp. 143–44) Some animals can be called either by mimicking their vocalizations oneself or with mechanical calls. In ‘The King Elk’ Russell recounts how, at the request of a client—a wildlife filmmaker—for some spectacle in the scene in front of them, he knew there was a good chance of blowing the whole herd out of sight by calling in a second bull, but thinking it was worth the risk, I took out my call. Pulling in a chestful of mountain air, I cut loose with a challenge. Instantly King swung around to face us, and pointing his nose directly at us, he let out a short bugle that sounded deceptively like an immature bull.

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