On Passing the Torch by David Quammen


One of my favorite writers is David Quammen, who used to write for Outside Magazine. I just finished his article in the latest National Geographic called “People of the Horse.” In it, he describes a horse race called the Indian Relay. I really enjoyed the last paragraph. If you have something you’re good at, and you share it with your kids, you might like it, too.

You embrace skills and a passion that have come down from your ancestors; you learn the skills from your elders and make the passion your own; you become proficient, then expert, then generous with your expertise; you care for your animals smartly and lovingly; you pass the favor along to younger kin. You make your family proud and whole. That’s the ultimate Indian relay.

— David Quammen


About Eric Chandler

Husband. Father. Pilot. Cross Country Skier. Writer. Author of Outside Duluth and Down In It.
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