A little bit of philosophy in a dialogue between FBI special agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) and miss Annie Blackburn (Heather Graham), as seen in Twin Peaks TV series, episode #20, season 2:
Annie Blackburn: “What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.”
Dale Cooper: Heisenberg.
So, who was Heisenberg?
“Heisenberg’s name will always be associated with his theory of quantum mechanics, published in 1925, when he was only 23 years old. For this theory and the applications of it which resulted especially in the discovery of allotropic forms of hydrogen, Heisenberg was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics for 1932.”
Well, you know, after twenty years (plus), I am watching Twin Peaks again. You have already noticed my latest post, and here I am again with another dialogue, this time between FBI special agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) and sheriff Harry S. Truman (Michael Ontkean). Last time I was talking a bit about soul and souls. Now it’s time for a cup of good hot black coffee. Or it’s time just for a little present!
DC: Harry, I’m gonna let you in on a little secret. Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it, don’t wait for it, just let it happen. It could be a new shirt at the men’s store, a catnap in your office chair, or two cups of good hot black coffee, like this. HT: A present. Like Christmas? DC: Yeah. [Sipping:] Oh. Man, that hits the spot. Nothing like a great cup of black coffee.
DC: Do you believe in soul?
DC: More than one?
TH: Blackfoot legend. Waking souls that give life to the mind and the body. And dream soul that wanders.
DC: Dream souls… Where do they wander?
TH: Faraway places. The Land of the Dead.
The above perspective on soul(s) led me to the Blackfeet Nation. Actually, prior to this search, I tried to find out the aproximate location of the fictional town of Twin Peaks (not the real one in California – 92391), based on Cooper’s dictation to its cassette diary (Diane):
Diane, 11:30 a.m., February 24th. Entering the town of Twin Peaks. It’s five miles South of the Canadian border, twelve miles West of the state line. […] Lunch was $6.31 at the Lamplighter Inn. That’s on Highway 2 near Lewis Fork.
Of course, there is might be such location in one of Washington, Idaho or Montana states, yet it doesn’t have this name. According to Wikipedia, the description made by agent Cooper places it in the Salmo-Priest Wilderness. While searching the map along the border, I’ve noticed the Indian reservations, the Blackfeet among them.
The Blackfeet people have occupied the Rocky Mountain region for more than 10,000 years. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the four Blackfeet bands—the North Piegan, the South Piegan, the Blood, and the Siksika—occupied much of the northern plains and were nomadic, following the seasonal grazing and migration of buffalo. To this day, we use the land for cultural and spiritual purposes.
So, if I wouldn’t be as curious as I am (sometimes), I could not make the link between “blackfoot legend” mention, and the Blackfeet Nation.