Tuesday, March 21, 2006

A Woman to Chew Your Boots

While in the dentist’s chair again today (the last time for a while, I hope), I watched a bit of a 1933 movie, Eskimo, directed by W.S. Van Dyke. It looked like a good, straightforward bit of storytelling that sought to depict the Eskimos as a people whose culture suffered once it came into contact with white administrators. A line that stuck out, though, was this: “A man needs a good woman up here to sew, chew his boots, and cook.”

1 comment:

P. Block said...

The one thing that sticks out in my mind from my time at MSU is an anthropology class I took. Much time was spent speaking about the Eskimo tribes and their, uhh, particular habits. Likely this stands out because of the apparent alien-ness of some of the actions of these people, such as walking with mouths open to catch flying insects for a light snack. The fact I found particularly disturbing is the practice of Eskimo women eating the placenta after giving birth. In light of this, boot chewing is rather tame...Of course I would never wish a footwear chewing session on my worst enemy if the footwear chewing involved my running shoes….