Posted by Steve Price on April 01, 1999 at 15:18:19:
In Reply to: Re: Nomads, Pastoral and Otherwise posted by Tom Cole on April 01, 1999 at 14:53:46:
Dear Tom, Maude, and anyone else that's listening,
I don't mean to be argumentative about this matter which, ultimately, is going to be just semantics. And I understand exactly what you're saying and have not a moment's doubt that your description of how certain groups of people live is accurate.
Having said that, let me quote the text of the American Heritage College Dictionary entry undr "Nomad":
"1. A member of a group of people who have no fixed home and move according to the seasons from place to place in search of food, water, and grazing land.
2. A person with no fixed residence who roams about; a wanderer."
As I said, I don't think we have any difference of opinion beyond the correct definition of the word "nomad", and I agree that the notion of somebody joyfully spending his life sleeping under the stars in a different spot every night does not apply to the people whose weavings we find so fascinating.
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