“We used to have long cold winters but now the change is in the air. It’s warm, we get a lot of sun, we are not so pale anymore, and we have a lot of wood. We also don’t hunt as much because lakes don’t freeze and we can fish all year long. At the great Wall the winter is coming but in our lands things are getting mixed up. Our children will not know the real winter, the real hunt, and all the hard physical work. But they will get to know the things their grandfathers didn’t know. The time that is upon us brings more blossom, sun, and warmth.”

From a diary of Ingrid Klingsen and Olaf Magnuson.