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We know what the animals do, what are the needs of the beaver, the bear, the salmon, and other creatures, because long ago men married them and acquired this knowledge from their animal wives. Today the priests say we lie, but we know better.
native American belief, quoted by D. Jenness in "The Carrier Indians of the Bulkley River," Bulletin no. 133, Bureau of American Ethnology (1943).
The quote was picked up by Claude Lévi-Strauss in The Savage Mind, ch. 1 (1962).
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