Unformatted text preview: "Anthropological Axis" is an axis of cultural codes. It mattered very little which codes on either axis a particular indigenous community
was perceived to possess, with possession the operative word, for these codes act as a kind of mutually agreed-upon currency. What matters is that the
community has some play of difference along both axes, sufficient in number to construct taxonomies
that can be investigated, identified, and named by the discourse. Without this, the discourse cannot go on .
It is reinvigorated when an unknown entity presents itself, but its anxiety reaches crisis proportions when the entity remains unknown. Something unspeakable occurs. Not to possess a particular code along the Anthropological or Historical Axis is akin to lacking a gene for
brown hair or green eyes on an X or Y chromosome. Lacking a Historical or Anthropological Axis is akin
to the absence of the chromosome itself. The first predicament raises the notion: What kind of human? The second
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