My CFO and Director of Marketing

That would be Frau Grace. She’s going to see what old stuff we have lying around that people might like. She says we have some t-shirts and pins and some other stuff. I’ve also asked her to look at different blog themes, that is, the appearance of the site. I’m guessing that everyone is a little tired of this old one. we’ll see what we can do. Any suggestions from you would be welcome.

Tomorrow Delores is going to air another one of her cooking programs. Prepare to take notes.

 

Wow! I still had my mustache back then. I still have dreams that the hair keeps getting in my mouth.

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7 Responses to My CFO and Director of Marketing

  1. Robert R says:

    Are you growing pubic hair under your nose?

    • Scott says:

      In Kiowa, one word for a white man (or more specifically an american as there are different terms for a trapper, mexican, and texan) is bai(d)l-pau-ʔ-k!ee which means a man with pubic hair on his lip. The other word t!au-ʔ-koi-k!ee means the people with mule ears.

      ʔ is the glottal stop “uh”. Exclamation points designate ejective consonants (some are clicks, but all linguists deny this and incorrectly claim clicks are only found in Africa). t! here is a sort of click, but k! is ejective from the throat… I’m trying to make it so you can sort of get nuances of what these sound like rather than our various insider orthographies.

      • Bud Grace says:

        I saw a video last week of a Native American linguist who spoke a disappearing native tongue from a tribe in Michigan. It was very interesting. One thing that stood out was that objects, like trees or rocks etc, were not “its” They were either hes or shes. It was like everything had a soul. I liked it. I had that mustache for about twenty years. I shaved mine off at the same time Ernie shaved his.

        • Scott says:

          In Kiowa we have words for man and woman and boy and girl but male and female are not distinguished grammatically. The thing closest to pronouns, which are verb prefixes, identify the gender of the subject, object and indirect object along with the number of each, all with a prefix that is often only one syllable but which varies in length, pitch, and nasality. There are nine basic genders (gender meaning a linguistic grammar classification that has nothing to do with modern gender discussion). One gender refers to things that have a recognizable shape but that shape is unique for each instance of the class, such as rivers and roads and songs. Another gender refers to things that tend to grow in clusters, such as a copse.

          If the number (which can be singular, dual or plural) categories are included one might say we have 18 or 27 possible genders. As far as unique verb prefixes indicating gender classes, there are over 100 different ones.

          Nearly everyone in the old days spoke multiple languages, but other tribes often considered our language to be incomprehensible and out of left field, so plains sign language was used if there was no other mutual language spoken. What they didn’t realize is ours is the parent language of the Rio Grande Puebloan languages of Tiwa, Tewa and Towa. They branched apart around 1000 years ago.

    • Bud Grace says:

      Once Dr. Pork transplanted underarm hair to a bald guy’s scalp. His head smelled bad, but he looked great.

  2. Pieter says:

    Thanks Scott, that was very interesting. Makes one think why the other languages branched off……….

    • Scott says:

      Ah, we know since it was recorded in oral and written records. There was a prolonged drought in the region, so people living in the cities at the time (with complex systems of irrigation canals, highly productive agriculture, and importation of goods from as far away as Yucatan) broke into multiple groups and went off in different directions to establish new settlements. For a couple centuries the settlements were smaller than before, like villages. Overtime different groups in the new areas joined through intermarriage, but the language and stories remained with the core group. By 1600-ish we had transitioned from single settlement agriculture, stone buildings, and big horn sheep hunting to multiple settlement migratory great plains and sun dance culture, partly due to intermarriage and integration of people with that culture. This culture was supercharged with the arrival of large numbers of horses following the Pueblo Revolt down south. Cultural and trade connections (such as meat for corn) and even occasional intermarriage with distant cousins in our language group and sometimes joining of their pueblos continued among individuals throughout this whole period right up to the 20th century. FWIW, many histories record arrival and origin from Canada but that pertains to certain subgroups like some Crows that left their nations and joined ours. The core band that carried the language was originally Puebloan. In addition to the language connection that’s also attested to by the oldest histories (not myths BTW) being shared.

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