You seem to be trying to argue that “what is right” is synonymous with “what works,” that, for example, because the Navaho way suited them, it was “right” for them. Although this is certainly permissible language, you should be aware that you’re using the word “right” in a different sense than I am when I say that there is no one right way for people to live. You argue beyond the facts when you say that “The Huron Indians could not live the same way as the Navajo do and vice versa.” We know that they did not; we don’t know that they could not. I doubt that tribal differences are related primarily to ecological differences. The fact is that neighboring tribes—sharing virtually identical habitats—may be wildly different in cultural traits.

DATE: 15 Feb 1997
UPDATE: 15 Feb 1997
ID: 177