Even without using language, our ancestors passed down information about where to find water and the location of the best hunting grounds.
Then, we passed down the stories, legends and music of our people and how food and medicines were made.
Through this passing down of information, we shaped our culture and came to value our heritage. We’re not the only ones who do this.
Whales do the same thing. When whales and their close relatives were tracked, it was learned that they return to the area where they were born or grew up. Not only did they return, but so did their closest family members, sometimes 20 years apart!
This information is critical to these marine mammals as they must adapt to the dramatically changing climate. But, they’ve done it before and they’ll do it again through the handing down of survival information from one generation to another.
Nature always finds a way.
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