Primordial Waters

For years now I’ve been puzzled at how easily we underestimate our ancestry. Human migration has long been viewed as limited by experts and laypeople alike; I recall being taught the Bering land bridge theory exclusively in junior high. But weighing the evidence now compels us to consider diverse and adventurous travels by the peoples who came before us to each land of this world.

In “Myths of the Primordial Waters“, Ross Laird explores the maritime roots of the peoples of North America, drawing parallels with today’s seafarers. He reminds us that the cultures of this continent have always been involved in a great seaborne convergence, well before the waves of Europeans we are more familiar with now. With his always elegant prose, he holds this exploration in a rare space of both enchantment and insight.

Plato wrote that the past is like the wake behind a boat; it spreads, and diminishes behind us, and merges with the surrounding sea. The past rolls under and is gone.
We stand upon the foredeck of Plato’s boat, gazing forward, cleaving our path toward the future. Along the track of our traveling many things are lost — because we are always searching ahead, because the wake is jostling and turbulent, because our craft is small and the ocean is vast.

And today some of us still stretch out toward the horizon, physically and in spirit, and in this shared thread carry on an evolving quest for Self and the unknown.

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