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« on: 09 March 2008, 07:31:32 »

One of the things I was discussing with, I believe, Grunok was how different the Eyelians were within their own tribe. There seems to be a distinct culture split between those who have mingled with people in the United Kingdom of Santharia and those who keep their distances.

For example
New Eyelians:
Mingled with other tribes, wear clothes, old rituals slowly dying and their housing is changing too. Government systems are adapting as is thei entire way of life

Old Eyelians:
Very shamanistic feel about them, wear no clothing for the most part, many many rituals. They also have very stylised housing within the three sub clans; Eagle, Wolf and Bear. They also still worship Father Sky and Mother Earth (Forgot the name, but it is similar) and have the prophets The Great Spirit Eagle, The Great Spirit Bear and the Great Spirit Wolf.

Would it be so hard for the Eyelians to be split into two different tribes to represent the rift in cultute within the tribe? This caused me confusing whilst writing Kanthir as to what was 'traditional' Eyelian and what is 'conventional' Eyelian.

Of course this could be me being an idealist or it could actually work. Either way some feedback would be welcome :)

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« Reply #1 on: 09 March 2008, 16:11:16 »

I don't think that the split is so dramatic that they split into two completely independent tribes. There might be communities that are completely Eyelian still (probably pretty much the minority), but they would maintain contact to more adjusted Eyelians and thus Santharia. So the adjusted Eyelians would function as a link.

The Eyelians are actually very much designed after Native Americans, the Indians. I'm no expert on how much they seperate themselves still today from society, but while a majority definitely is already fully integrated there are pockets of Indians that stay to themselves. Wikipedia mentions "561 federally recognized tribal governments in the United States", though of course this recognition still means that they have to abide US laws. How many Indians actually still live in tents is another question, but I wouldn't bet that many are. In the long run the US government has an interest in eliminating the problems of these pockets. - I think here is a big difference in Santharia: The Eyelians are respected fully, so they don't really disappear altogether, but of course the influence of Eyelian natives might diminish naturally in the course of time, as more and more are mingling with other tribes.

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