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The falls of Indian Falls (pictures credit to somebody else) was a beautiful place to visit. The multiple streams of water cascading off the rocks was interesting and wonderful to gaze at. I noted that some of the interpretive signage telling about a version of Native American Lore stuck with me. I read and have the analysis that Coyote having such a central figure in mythology of Native Americans might be misleading as a bias in that it over reports and perpetuates a view of the world as a 'challenge' ("World as battlefield" out of Joanna Macy's book: "World as Lover, World as Self") rather than in the context of the Coyote in the truer renditions of the stories.

quoted from: "http://www.context.org/ICLIB/IC34/Macy.htm" regarding "World as Lover, World as Self": 
"Spiritual traditions have tended to look at the world in four major ways: as a battlefield, as a trap, as a lover, and as the self. The first two - as a stage set for our moral battles or as a prison to escape - are probably familiar, and have in many ways contributed to our lack of care for the world. But what of the other two? Might they shed some useful light on life in an interconnected world?"

"This is the focus of Joanna Macy's wonderful book, World As Lover; World as Self, published by Parallax Press, from which we have taken the following excerpts. Joanna Macy is a scholar of Buddhism and general systems theory. She is known in many countries for her trainings designed to empower creative, sustained social action." 

By the over reporting of the Coyote stories, the net effect is to create an image of a social environment and political environment that remains out of balance, where individuals are confronted by universal challenges, thereby seeking external means of balance rather than an alternate viewpoint of the balance being from within.

So how do you feel hearing my thoughts about that particular facet of ideology ? Are you hearing my desire to contribute to both your and my understanding of the world and the phenomenon depicted in the retelling of Native American tales focusing on "trickster" and the perhaps overfocus on that facet for social control and perpetuated feelings of perceived isolation ?

We left, having read that the Maidu (Konkow) natives here maybe ate poison oak and thus had immunity from poison oak as well as that Coyote hid the waterfall and was thwarted. It was something to think about on the bicycle ride and since being back home at a computer, I have found this version of a viewpoint supposedly from the Konkow Maidu.com: http://www.maidu.com/ourhistory/ethno-history.html

We bicycled north on State Route 89 continuing to appreciate the landscape and geography of Plumas County, coming to the sad town of Crescent Mills. I felt sadness seeing this town essentially for sale, "For Sale" signs everywhere yet appreciative of the strangely out-of-place wide bike lanes in this small one Main St. place.

We passed through Greenville, apparently the birthplace of James Marsters

At Canyondam, at the southern end of Lake Almanor we paused and camped. We had a wonderful time with our first CouchSurf for this trip. Robert and Amanda were busy with family for the weekend but made time for us. Staying there on the Fourth of July, we utilized his kayaks on Lake Almanor, from his business LakeAlmanorKayaks.com, paddling around, ending the day with a fireworks display over the lake.

Our "Sierra Cascades" route directed us to go through Lassen National Park via State Route 89, but we had to divert as snow still closed the roads in Lassen even as it was July 4th. There were no 'alternate route' markings I saw on the "Sierra Cascades" route map I had. We heard from locals to take State Route 147 along the east of Lake Almanor, then Route 36 to Route 44 to rejoin Route 89 north of Lassen.

So that is where we headed off. 


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Nov. 15th, 2010 03:03 am (UTC)
Addendum and corrections
In reviewing my notes and reviewing comments I have received regarding the above post:

1) One of the books we brought on the bicycle trip and were reading at Indian Falls was Joanna Macy's book "World as Lover, World as Self" which were were reading in the tent at night.

2) S noted I implied that the Maidu got immunity from poison oak *because* they ate it, which the sign at Indian Falls did not say precisely. It said the Maidu people were not as susceptible to poison oak rash as some other people.
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