Snow, Fish, Coal, Myths, Magic

White Words

Aaron Bady | Popula | 11th February 2019

Do Eskimos really have 50 words for “snow”? Franz Boas claimed in 1911 that they had four, and the tally has risen with each re-telling ever since. There is, in fact, no proper answer, because the question itself is so defective. “Eskimo” is a crude label covering at least eight ethnic groups with sever…

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