every people live their own myth

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“It has been claimed with justice that every people live their own myths, that is, that their conduct in the present reflects what they believe their past to have been, since that past, as well as the present and the future, are aspects of the “destiny” in which they exhibit themselves as they think they really are.”

– Frederica de Laguna, The Story of a Tlingit Community: A Problem in the Relationship between Archeological, Ethnological, and Historical Methods, Bulletin 172, Bureau of American Ethnology (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1960, p. 202.) Quoted in Peter Nabokov, A Forest of Time: American Indian Ways of History (Cambridge University Press, 2002), p. 90.