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Lew informed us that while he was doing fieldwork in Alaska, he taught himself "wolf" by listening to the cries of these animals during that field season. "Sure," we said skeptically. '' He looked Tikal in the eye and began to howl. The poor puppy went skittering out of the room with his tail between his legs, clearly cowed. The next minute, Lew barked quietly, and Tikal came and put his head in Lew's lap. Lew alternately howled and barked softly, causing the poor animal to retreat and advance depending on the call.
But if you went and said, "I'm just going to take the pottery [and analyze it using the strategies of traditional typologists]," it was not approaching it the way Spaulding advocated. I have done attribute analysis so it comes out. But it was done to verify judgments made in more traditional typologies. It was not approaching it the way I was with the projectile points and saying, "Okay, we have to be completely 'objective' in the old sense of the word. Here are all the properties that I can think of that a projectile point can have.
You had a special relationship with White? * I spent a good part of that year in Chicago because Leslie [White] was very active in that and his wife was ill in a Chicago hospital. He did not know how to drive. So I was White's driver; I drove him back and forth between Ann Arbor and took him everywhere in Chicago at the Darwin Centennial. What did they do for the Darwin Centennial? Oh, my God. For the centennial, Chicago brought every person ever heard of including Darwin's offspring, [Thomas] Huxley, et * See Sol Tax (editor), Evolution after Darwin: The University of Chicago Centennial (1960) for the papers presented during the centennial celebration.