Friday, May 30, 2008
UNCLE LOU
I have an uncle named Lloyd Harnishfeger who is a real authority on Native Americans. You can google him if you like and learn about the talks he's given and the books he's written. He has a large collection of artifacts he has found over the years. A couple of years ago, he gave a very interesting talk to our cub scout pack. He is an incredibly smart man.

It is said, though, that sometimes along with great genius comes certain eccentricity. Uncle Lou, as we call him, has been gifted in that area as well.

One day when I was pretty young, he was trying to explain to me the differences between a teepee and a wigwam. The differences are many but not major. I know now that the differences involve the materials they are made of, the tribes who made them, and the exact construction methods. But I didn't understand it fully at the time when I was about five years old. Uncle Lou worked very hard to help me understand the differences between the two, even to the point of contorting his body into different shapes to help me visualize the differences. He was really stressing the differences, and, dare I say, stressing out over them a bit.

It was then that I looked at him and said "Calm down, Uncle Lou. You're two tents!"

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