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For the Aymara, Future Is Then

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For the Aymara, Future Is Then

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For the Aymara, Future Is Then

For the Aymara, Future Is Then

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Most cultures see the future as something ahead. The past is behind. The Aymara of the Andean highlands reverse the perspective, and they're not alone. Ken Olson, a linguistics professor at the University of North Dakota, fills Scott Simon in on the details.