The Limits of Language by Kimberly Kirner

I sat in the crowded, small auditorium as Gregory Cajete, a Tewa author and professor at University of New Mexico, tried to help us understand a reconciliation between Western science and indigenous integrated science-religion.  In the question and answer session following, a number of academics who study indigenous knowledge and religious systems questioned the distinction between metaphor and reality: “The Earth is not like a mother.  The Earth is mother.”  He nodded, agreeing: “The stories would be different in Tewa.  I can’t tell them properly in English.”