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  • This is a picture of an eucalyptus tree, one among the many that are now common to this region. The eucalyptus is actually a native of Australia and because of its hardy constitution it can survive very well in other habitats and out-compete the native trees for resources. I still find it difficult to call it a non-native though. It's probably been around much longer than any of the humans around it.

    I watched Jeremiah Johnson last night. It's a western movie supposedly inspired by facts, about a fur-trapper's struggle to survive in an area still controlled by natives. It's most likely that the film offers a favorable one-side depiction of the real story. Nonetheless, the struggle is between the native and the non-native.

    So who is a native? And who isn't? And more importantly, who decides?

    Are the original native americans 'natives'? Or are the current residents 'natives'? Or is it just easier to say that recent immigrants are 'non-natives'?

    Or is this just the primitive human need to belong to a group, at play here?
    The same need that finds comfort in segregating people into 'us' and 'them'.
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