The Origin of Writing

by John Barclay-Morton

A system of human communication by the means of arbitrary visual signs."

Denise Schmandt-Besserat
"The Evolution of Writing."

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At the United Nations

At the United Nations

Meeting Grand Chief Edward John at the United Nations, International Day of the Wold's Indigenous Peoples, 2014.

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Not long after arriving in New York, I was put in charge of a Commercial District Needs Assessment for East Harlem, as undertaken by the New Harlem East Merchants Association (under the auspices of New York City's Department of Small Business Services). You can have a look at the final version of my report HERE. This, the first of two reports I did, covers the East 125th Street commercial corridor (the second one I completed covered a section of Third Avenue in East Harlem).

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The Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs maintains an excellent site with many useful links. You can visit the UBCIC site, Here.

Visit the Indian Country Media Network site, home of Indian Country Today.

Outstanding journalist and more from the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network: APTN.

Check out Bruce McIvor's Aboriginal Law Report, at First Peoples Law.

Celebrate the Rich, Diverse Cultures of The Americas' First Peoples at the Native Village site.

Become involved in an issue that affects us all — Global Climate Change! Visit the Indigenous Climate Action site, an Indigenous-led climate change initiative.

If you are interested in phonetic forms of writing, pay a visit to Sumner Stone's website for insights into the history of typography in Europe.

If you are interested in the work of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, be sure to visit Charles J. Stivale's website for a great selection of translated works.

Some of Charles Stivale's translations of lectures given by Gilles Deleuze were made from tape recordings by Richard Pinhas. You can visit Richard's site here; and also check out his excellent music at Cuneiform Records.

If you are wondering what's been happening in post-structural philosophy lately, find out with Semiotext[e]!

You can also check out Rhizomes for the latest of cultural studies in emerging knowledge.

The Final Report of The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

How Linguists Are Pulling Apart the Bering Strait Theory, by Alex Ewen.

A Plan to Defend against the War on Science, at Scientific American, by Shawn Otto.

"Was Einstein Wrong?" by Adam Frank.

Beringian Standstill and Spread of Native American Founders, at Plos One.

An unusual stone circle, Chilcotin Range, British Columbia, Canada; at: The National Research Council of Canada Press

View surrounding elevations for any location at Peak Finder.

The Significance of the Tsilhqot'in Decision, by Bruce McIvor.

...and some of the response to this decision: "Chilko Lake tourism operators appeal for help against 'nightmare’," by Larry Pynn.

The Photographer's Ephemeris: TPE.

Translations of Gilles Deleuze's and Félix Guattari's texts — and more — available through Prof. Charles Stivale's website!

"Strange Numbers Found in Particle Collisions" by Kevin Hartnett, at Quanta Magazine.

The Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs' Historical Timeline.

The Smithsonian's online Winter Count exhibition.

"What Whorf Really Said" by Nick Yee.

Dan Moonhawk Alford's thoughts on Benjamin Lee Whorf and Indigenous Science.

"Uses and abuses of fractal methodology in ecology"; in Ecology Letters (2004).

Factors Governing the Use of Stone Projectile Tips: An Ethnographic Perspective, by Christopher J. Ellis.

Rethinking the origin of microblade technology: A chronological and ecological perspective; in Quaternary International 400 · July 2015.

All non-Africans alive today likely descend from people within a single migration out of Africa, from the Harvard Medical School; and "The most detailed look yet at how early humans left Africa" by Emily Benson in New Scientist.

THE OLFACTORY LIMBIC SYSTEM: Sex, Emotion, Pheromones, Learning, Memory; by R. Gabriel Joseph, Ph.D.

Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape People's Tribal History.