By Dougal Dixon
What unique creatures does the next day to come carry? Dougal Dixon's vintage paintings of speculative anthropology blends technological know-how and fable in a beautiful zoology of the future.
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The bundle is hung above and to the east of a person's sleeping place. The act of producing a medicine bundle indicates that a person has begun to dream back to this visionary moment. The bundle is a physical representation of a story becoming active in a person's life, but it does not give any clues to the identity of the story or its power. Outwardly, it is a plainly wrapped bundle, the contents of which are never revealed directly. The secret must be revealed slowly, if it is to be accepted as true to the person's deepest identity.
The storyteller recognized his sign in a moment that existed out of time. She accepted the gift as her own. His dreaming song flowed over her and into her. She became the one through whom the life of her people flowed, in that hungry end of winter long ago. She was < previous page page_27 next page > < previous page page_28 next page > Page 28 the one who could give away to the people. She was the one on whom both sun and dreaming moon were shining. She was the one who occupied the Dreamer's sleep.
I was on top of a bear den, but I didn't know it. I took off my snowshoes and started to look around. There was a small hole where the snow was falling in. I took a stick and poked it. It went inside. I looked inside. There seemed to be something in there but I couldn't see. It was dark. I poked again with a long stick. It felt like there was something in there, but it didn't move. It didn't growl. I was wondering what it could be. I threw lots of sticks and stones in there but nothing moved. Then I noticed a stick by the entrance that had been chewed so I put it in my pack and started back.
After Man: A Zoology of the Future by Dougal Dixon