What does Bjork, impish artic fox that she is, get right with this song, besides the milky lesbian robot sex? “All Is Full of Love” is a paean to perception, which Paul Shepard felt was the crux of Pleistocene recovery. David Abram called it “the spell of the sensuous”: our perception is inherently animistic, promiscuous, cooperative, and participatory. Ortega y Gasset praised the hunter’s “perpetual alertness,” and we see how the large-mammal-hunting niche gave us such hungry attention. James Mark Baldwin arrived at “pancalistic immediacy” as his escape from philosophical dead-ends, also the Dine’s “Go In Beauty” (more later). Finally, this is Nicholas Humphrey’s “soul dust” argument: consciousness is magical and makes life worth living.

Another Form of Deception

"Whites were frequently confounded by the Indians’ ability to endure severe, protracted hunger with a completely detached air. Rather than betray their anxiety they usually went to the other extreme and assumed a joyful demeanor. The motive behind this peculiar, seemingly contradictory, behavior was, again, deception. For, ‘if nothing was taken in the hunt, it was a sign of death if animals saw the Indian’s spirit in mourning and fled away.’"

—Martin, “Keepers of the Game”

"This article explores the possible adaptive features of humor and ponders its evolutionary path through hominid history. Current humor theories and previous evolutionary ideas on humor are reviewed. In addition, scientific fields germane to the evolutionary study of humor are examined: animal models, genetics, children’s humor, humor in pathological conditions, neurobiology, humor in traditional societies and cognitive archeology. Candidate selection pressures and associated evolutionary mechanisms are considered. The authors conclude that several evolutionary-related topics such as the origins of language, cognition underlying spiritual feelings, hominid group size, and primate teasing could have special relevance to the origins of humor."

Keepers of the Game

”Nature, as conceived by the traditional Ojibwa, was a congeries of societies, every animal, fish, and plant species functioned in a society that was parallel in all respects to mankind’s. Wildlife and plant-life had homes and families, just as man did. Each species had its leaders, reminiscent of the Micmac cosmology, known in recent years as ‘bosses’—an apt expression borrowed from the modern lumber camp. In the old days they were more quaintly termed ‘masters’ or ‘keepers’ of the game, and each local band of a particular species was said to have its own boss. Indians are reluctant to talk about these things today, for fear of ridicule; nevertheless, these beings were (and in some areas continue to be) very real to them. Animal, bird, and fish bosses are typically white and larger than the rest of their species. To see one of them is a rare privilege indeed.”

—Martin, “Keepers of the Game”

Pimadaziwin—The Good Life

"Man’s niche or, more appropriately, his purpose in the natural order was to live the Good Life: pimadaziwin, in Ojibwa. ‘The central goal of life for the Ojibwa,’ wrote the ethnologist A. Irving Hallowel, ‘is expressed by the term pimadaziwin, life in the fullest sense, life in the sense of longevity, health and freedom from misfortune.’”

—Martin, “Keepers of the Game”

"The Hunt" (2013) with Mads Mikkelsen. Danish film bookended by an annual deer hunt and lesson in how a little intimacy is a dangerous thing. A hunting camp of 30-50 is a closer fellowship than a far-flung village that relies on rumor. Mikkelsen also starred in the brutal "Valhalla Rising," where he and a squad of crusading Christians are terrorized in "Hell," aka pre-conquest Turtle Island.