Loaded For Bear

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16 Responses to Loaded For Bear

  1. Chris Peterson says:

    How many times did we see this scenario as Nevada City went from a small town to
    “Marin East”. From businessmen who figured they’d take advantage of the local yocals, to the self-proclaimed cool, who labored to show those of us who had grown up in the country how to be real country folk.

    Truth is; I actually fell for it for a period of time. It almost ruined me, physically and mentally, until I finally came to my senses.

  2. Judith Lowry says:

    Chris, the original Nisenan people of Oustomah, peerless stewards of these lands for nine thousand years, would sympathize with you if they could.
    Things just come around, that’s all.

    • Chris Peterson says:

      Wow. I feel like someone just dropped a cartoon safe on my head.

      Just one of my personal mistakes, along with owning slaves, shooting passenger pigeons, and hunting humpback whales as a child. lol Although, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that in one of my earliest incarnations as a caveman, I stole someone’s favorite rock.

      America- the only place in human history where one tribe has displaced another. (In all truth; my family has been here since the 1600’s, so somewhere, somehow, I suppose that I was a “part” of all that.)

      The worse thing I’ve probably done to a native American is marry one. I don’t know; I’ll have to ask her when she gets home.

      It’s Pandamonium, I tell ya’. (I wonder what was here before the Big Bang?)

      • Judith Lowry says:

        Sorry for my reaction Chris, but you were whining.
        Compared to the present day Nisenan, your grievances against what you consider outsiders, are rather small.
        You referred to your spouse as Native American.
        May I ask what tribe?

        • Chris Peterson says:

          Quechan tribe, native to the Arizona territory before being corralled at Fort Yuma.

          And whining? I thought I was commenting on the subject of the cartoon from a personal perspective. I guess I could have commented on how cute the duck was before it got squished, but that seemed too trivial.

          Forgive me, or dare I say, bear with me?

    • gregoryzaller says:

      An interesting free class on Archaeology coming up on Coursera, Judith. I wonder if anyone was here before the Maidu.


      • rl crabb says:

        The squirrels were here before any of us. Show some respect.

      • Judith Lowry says:

        Yes, the Martis culture preceded the Maidu. Not as much known about these people as there is little physical evidence of them and no descendants we know of. Unlike the Nisenan who have living descendants remaining in this area and objects of their ancient material culture being discovered all the time.
        The Nisenan were wealthy people in the standards of their time, but like the European Jews and American Japanese during WWII, they were separated from their property and lands.
        It is hard to come back from something like that, and the ensuing years of government mistreatment. But they are strong and love their culture and history, which they work hard to preserve.
        I wonder though, what a face to face meeting between these descendants and those Anglos who claim five or six generations in Nevada County and whose families accepted these stolen lands here, might be like.

        • gregoryzaller says:

          I only disagree with the characterization that this has anything to do with race, or ever did. Perhaps race is somewhat associated to culture but, in any case, this is about culture, and fortunately that can change in time.

          The short sighted power to exploit, as the “Anglo” has done is something very few would not take advantage of if they could regardless of race or background. We have a unique opportunity today to grow wiser as a culture and develop a lifestyle that doesn’t depend on exploiting without regard for the consequences.

          I have to wonder how RL feels now to have the discussion around his cartoon turn in such a different direction than he must have intended. Such are the universal truths a purveyor of symbols must grow accustomed to. I hope he pleasantly surprised.

          • rl crabb says:

            My cartoons are intended to be entertaining. If they happen to provoke the odd thought, so much the better. After 35+ years at this game, I am rarely surprised by the interpretations people project onto my creations. Have at it.

        • Chris Peterson says:

          And the beat goes on, Judith.

          We just ended a war where we decided that we had to decimate an entire nation for it’s own good, killing hundreds of thousands and displacing millions more, even as today we debate whether or not to stop the leader of a neighboring country from doing the same thing to his own people.

          Stick a pin in a map anywhere in the world, and you can find an historical reference to atrocities where one tribe dominated, humiliated, and subjected another to “inhuman” conditions. The Jews, Japanese, Maidu, Africans, Palestinians; the list is as endless as history itself.
          And, as interesting as it all may be; I still only concern myself with experiences within my personal sphere of influence, such as my original comments.
          They say those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it. I say, it repeats itself every day, whether you are aware of it, or not. Flip time, so that the past is the future, and visa versa; the only thing that would change is the weapons we use.

  3. Todd Juvinall says:

    Panderbear=Steve Frisch and Jeff Pelline. What a hoot!

  4. Robert Lovejoy says:

    The peerless stewards of these lands for 9,000 years had a good thing going. There were no taxes and women did all the work. Then the Bay Area Brats moved in and ruint everything.

    • Judith Lowry says:

      Now that’s funny.
      But on balance I would rather grind acorn all day than take down Grizzley Bears with nothing more than sticks and arrows.

  5. Barry Pruett says:

    Funny…just plain funny.

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