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Old 02-09-2012, 04:51 PM
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Ok after two years one would think they know quite a bit, or most things about most things to do with Avatar, apparently not! I'm still finding discovering, learning new things, that I didn't know before.

So I thought would be neat to start a game where we could just all drop those 'random' new personal discoveries about Avatar, Pandora, the Na'vi, that might not need a new thread in and of itself, as probably out there in the archives, its already posted, but individually, we missed that post, so its just new to "us" at this time.

It's Kind of like a game we used to play as a family around the supper table, where as kids we had to tell 'one new thing' we learned today, but in this case only AVATAR related stuff.

So here it goes, my 'newly' learned thing ..

That its known that Na'vi History goes back 18,000 years, and is considered to have been rather 'acurately maintained' through the use of mnemonic storytelling aids called Song Cords, strings of colored beads and bits of stone, bone and plant pieces which, when handled during singing, create a correlation of tactile and visual cues with verbal sequences. Each individual creates a Song Cord that is their personal history, and community Song Cords are created for various social purposes, including family and clan history, genealogy, and even the recording of astronomical and accounting information.

I had always wondered just how old the 'First Songs' were .. and now I know!



So please share away, and the rule is like the supper idea game, keep it to 'ONE' new learning per post! THX!

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Old 02-09-2012, 06:34 PM
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When Trudy Chacon is "going down, Sorry Jake." I noticed she has an ornament (ioi) on her arm resembling a Native American Medicine Wheel. Someone else pointed out that she had probably received the ioi at the war dance scene (depicted in the out-takes) I identify as Ateyo Te Syaksyuk: Tsulfatu, (master craftsman) so naturally I now claim to have presented her the ioi which is shaped like her rotate wing, not a medicine wheel!
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Old 02-12-2012, 03:06 AM
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Hi Ateyo! Pleased to meet you! Either concept is quite neat!

Well my reading more today, I learned

The Na'vi prefer to sleep in large groups for physical closeness and comfort. This arrangement also acts as an effective early warning system in the event of danger. Families sleep together on larger hammocks, which are decorated and meticulously constructed for flexibility and strength. The Na'vi call the large family hammock eywa k'sey nivi'bri'sta, which translates roughly into “safe in the arms of Eywa,” or more literally as “Eywa cradles everyone.” For everyday use, the family hammock is known simply as nivi, or “us.”

Clan members will occasionally sleep singly or with their mates in smaller hammocks. This is socially acceptable as long as the member returns to group sleep, or k'sey nivi, within a short period. As attuned as they are to one another, the Na’vi use sleeping arrangements as an accurate barometer of a clan member’s emotional health; if a Na'vi is seen to sleep outside the group (sumin'sey hulleh), for an extended period, it is generally considered a sign that the clan member is in some kind of distress.


In our world, where so many of us stuggle with feeling isolated and alone, I found this ^ to stir me even more emotionally than the scenes where they are linked in arms to when Jake became One of the People, or at the Tree of Souls. It just speaks to a deep intimacy of awareness that the Na'vi have for each other, that we have lost here.
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Old 02-12-2012, 07:42 PM
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I found this fascinating, the Na'vi concept of 'war' and mostly conflict resolution, is what stood out for me in bit, as it emphasises the peace and harmony, maintaining 'balance' is an intricate thread of 'all' aspects of their culture. To me it suggests that 'power and control' are non-existant concepts for Na'vi

The Na’vi are generally not aggressive with each other, and have many strategies for conflict resolution, both within and between clans. However they are extremely fierce when provoked beyond the limits of these social limiters. War among clans is not unknown, especially when habitat changes rapidly, driving one clan into another’s territory, which can be triggered by stressors such as flooding, vulcanism etc. Na’vi warfare is characterized by fierce fighting followed by immediate interactions to resolve conflict through bargaining and negotiation. Often religious ceremonies are involved in this, in which the ancestors and the Na’vi diety are petitioned. Na’vi warfare has never been observed to cause the unwarranted destruction of populations, as that is not the goal. The goal is to define the severity of the conflict and the worthiness of the combatants, relative to each other. Some researchers have gone so far as to call Na’vi warfare “ritualistic”, but this is controversial.

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"Its only 'here' that we lose perspective, out at the Cosmic Consciousness Level things get a lot clearer. For example, there is an actual star pattern that is traced in the shape of a Willow Tree, across the breadth of the Milky Way! And no wonder Indigenous peoples refer to the 'here after' as the Happy Hunting Grounds! Has it ever occured to anyone why the bioluminescence dots, on the Na'vi!"

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Old 02-13-2012, 02:05 AM
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Hi Ateyo! Pleased to meet you! Either concept is quite neat!

Well my reading more today, I learned

The Na'vi prefer to sleep in large groups for physical closeness and comfort. This arrangement also acts as an effective early warning system in the event of danger. Families sleep together on larger hammocks, which are decorated and meticulously constructed for flexibility and strength. The Na'vi call the large family hammock eywa k'sey nivi'bri'sta, which translates roughly into “safe in the arms of Eywa,” or more literally as “Eywa cradles everyone.” For everyday use, the family hammock is known simply as nivi, or “us.”

Clan members will occasionally sleep singly or with their mates in smaller hammocks. This is socially acceptable as long as the member returns to group sleep, or k'sey nivi, within a short period. As attuned as they are to one another, the Na’vi use sleeping arrangements as an accurate barometer of a clan member’s emotional health; if a Na'vi is seen to sleep outside the group (sumin'sey hulleh), for an extended period, it is generally considered a sign that the clan member is in some kind of distress.


In our world, where so many of us stuggle with feeling isolated and alone, I found this ^ to stir me even more emotionally than the scenes where they are linked in arms to when Jake became One of the People, or at the Tree of Souls. It just speaks to a deep intimacy of awareness that the Na'vi have for each other, that we have lost here.
If you watch the time Jake goes to sleep in Hometree, when you see overhead view of Jake and Neytiri going to sleep in their individual hammocks, look directly in between them and you'll see this.
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