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Jarn’s Journal is the journal of a human-like alien, Jarn, who was stranded on Earth roughly 125,000 years ago. He has contacted a group of our ancestors, and at this point he has been in Africa for almost five years. A longer version of this post (and one that makes some sense of the photo!) is on my main blog; the entire Journal to date is on my author site. And if you’d like a summary of why Jarn is an important part of the back story of my science fiction, have a look at this posting from the World Building Blogfest. Warning: major spoilers!
Year 5, Day 45
It seems that the shaman has more of a part in the recognition of a new baby by the group than I realized. The shaman of the group the mother is from presents the baby, and plays a part in the ceremonial naming. All very reasonable—the shaman is the one who would know who the mother is.
The problem is that Songbird was not in a group with a shaman when little WildDog was born.
And they want me to stand as shaman at his recognition.
They’re very deferential about it, but it seems that neither Meerkat nor Giraffe is acceptable. I’d be willing, but I can’t help worrying what effect this is going to have on WildDog’s status with the group. Hard as I’ve tried to dissuade them, they still look on me as a god.
I had a private talk with Rain Cloud to find out just what is expected of a shaman sponsoring a child.