Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Compare and contrast

Which instance of a government representatives do you think made a stronger impression of their sincerity on the Inuit while they ate seal meat? (My emphasis in bold).

In a graphic gesture of solidarity with seal hunters, Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean swallowed a dripping chunk of seal heart as hundreds of Inuit looked on.


Jean, on a week-long trip to the Arctic, knelt above a pair of seal carcasses and carved out the meat using a traditional ulu blade.

After slashing through the flesh, the Governor General turned to the woman beside her and asked: "Could I try the heart?"

Shortly thereafter, Jean was given a bloody piece of seal heart and ate it whole. She then grabbed a tissue to wipe her blood-soaked fingers.

"It's like sushi," she said. "And it's very rich in protein."

Jean said it was "absolutely delicious."...

Earlier Monday, Jean had told a group of students at an assembly that she hoped there would be seal meat at the feast.


Waye said Jean had more than one piece of seal meat.

"She had seal blood up to her wrist so she was involved," he said.

Jean's participation went a long way build relations between locals and the government.

"To see someone, the head of state, come to Nunavut and participate in traditional activities it really strengthens ties and makes us feel a part of Canada again," Waye said.


This bunch of dorky southerners eating tiny bits off of toothpicks and some kind of dip so as to avoid actually tasting it. Reminds me of trying to get the kids to eat their peas. One at a time and a sip of milk to wash them down.
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