Nose hairs (Feb 4 2010) ------------------------------------------------- The chief of the Yil-Doi tribe lays on his buckskin stretcher, facing the stars with lifeless eyes. His son takes his badge of office, a bag made of woven strings of brightly-colored beads, and places it on his belt. "I am the new chief now," he says. "You warned me that I would cry at your passing into the darkness, father, but I have not." He is immediately grabbed by two braves. They place tweezers of antler bone into his nose, pluck out three hairs, and place them in the holy bag. Tears and snot ran down his aching face. ------------------------------------------------- © 2005-2021 Laurence Simon