The Lost Tribe
The Lost Tribe Do peace, unity, and equality still exist this day in time among groups of people? Are we influenced by our environment to associate our way of seeing things and create language based on that fact? How we view the environment around us helps shape our understanding by creating language to give it meaning. Based on the linguistic data of the recently discovered tribe, we can draw conclusions about the tribe’s climate and terrain, diet, views on family and children, system of government and attitude towards war.
This data shows that the lost tribe was an isolated group that lived in a valley, coexisted in unison, valued life, had high regards for children, and had significant roles in their society. The lost tribe had three words for terrain: absolutely flat, rolling, and slightly hilly, indicating the physical makeup of the land. One could assume that they lived in a valley region. They had no word for ocean, which suggests that there was no large body of water around. This further suggests the tribe lived somewhere inland surrounded by mountains or hills.
While the linguistic data suggests there is no large body of water, they had several words for precipitation translating mostly as rain, suggests that they may have had smaller bodies of water such as streams, rivers, or lakes. The lost tribe was exposed to rain excessively throughout the year; therefore they may have had seasons. Since they had only one word translating as snow, one might conclude that there could be occasional snow that was seen at the top of the hills or mountains during the winter season.
There is no stated data that would suggest an excessive occurrence of snow. The linguistic data also provides evidence of the lost tribe’s diet. Because they had dozens of terms meaning grains and eight terms for wheat, this may have been the general makeup of their diet. One might assume they grew and harvested these grains. Fish could also been a part of their diet. based on the area in which they lived. As suggested earlier, small bodies of water that may have been present provided the tribe a source of drinking water.
Since they have terms for cow, pig, calf, and sheep but no terms for beef, pork, veal, leather, or mutton, it is most likely that the tribe did not slaughter these animals for food or clothing. The tribe lived among these animals, and one might assume they valued them as living creatures. Based on the focus on grains, one might also assume that they are vegetarians based on the provided data; however, while they did not eat red meat, the possible presence of rivers and lakes suggests the availability of fresh water fish. The lost tribe’s views on family and children show their value of them.
The linguistic evidence for the terms describing woman meaning the same as mother and wife and man meaning husband and father suggests that the tribe were family oriented and had relationships. One might also conclude that men and women had specific roles in society. There is gender and social equality amongst the tribe. The word for sex translating to plant a wise one indicates that they valued the creation of life. The lost tribe focused on conception of life as opposed to the actual sexual pleasure. The lost tribe appears to have had a significant value on children.
They had several words for children which possibly meant the seven stages of life beginning from conception up to the age of puberty. Only having one meaning for the stages of life from puberty to death could indicate that by the time you reach puberty, one could be self-sufficient and be able to survive on their own. One might also conclude that they had short life spans and did not live past puberty. The term for children that translates to small wise one meant that even as a youth, children can have an opinion on issues relating to the tribe in which their opinion is valued and accepted.
The term for children that translates to innocent leader might suggest that a child can also be a leader; one that can uphold the tribe’s equality and peaceful morals and have a positive contribution to society. Little star gazer can be viewed as a child that aspires or dreams. It can also reflect an ability to predict weather or time. My last point I would like to discuss is the tribe’s system of government and attitude toward war. The linguistic details state several words for leader, but all are plural, indicating equality amongst the tribe and everyone is considered to be leaders in some way or another.
Perhaps they function as a democracy as the data state, based on the evidence of leaders being plural. Terms for praise translating as peacemaker or conciliator further suggests that they might have had a democracy resolving issues in a peaceful manner. There are no words for violent conflict or war that further suggest the peace and unity of the tribe. The tribe was an isolated group of people that had no contact with other civilization based on the limited language and absence of terms.
The lost tribe’s world was perfect the way it was and they did not need or want for anything. Other people may have had an influence on their language and way of living, but the lost tribe was a peaceful tribe that valued life and coexisted in unity. I admire the values they had as a whole group, especially in regards to peace. It would be an amazing world to have an absolute peace and unity the way the lost tribe illustrated. That could be the reason they are considered the lost tribe because their morals, unity, peace is hard to find in today’s society and totally obsolete.