Grass grazers chase greener pastures and the wolves follow. The steppes form a grassland thoroughfare for horses, deer, and elk. Man uses the Steppes for cattle drives and wolves use them for hunting grounds. Hermann Hesse writes about his cultural divide in Steppenwolf. Germany and Russia both have claim on Hesse; but found himself ill fit in both countries; he looked elsewhere for identity. Hesse’s mother’s birth at a mission in India gave him a Journey to the East and the birth of Siddhartha. Hesse envied the peaceful Grass grazers, but he never shed the wolf. You can see the pacing wolf in his joke about his “lifelong failure to acquire a talent for idleness.”
Geography shapes culture; the top map shows the spread of horse driven chariots. Notice the chariots have a similar pattern to the greener areas in the bottom map. Horses need grass. The cattle culture began earlier, but they to chase the green. Humans see the green in herds. Oil brought money to some of the yellow regions, but the greenery of the Nile delta brought the first bits of prosperity to Egypt and pasture for their much valued cattle.
The Steppes bred the Golden Horde and the Huns. Another horse culture, the Cossacks, took their act to the circus. America’s “Wild West” shows trailed the Cossack acts by a few centuries. The cattle culture plays a role in my book because cattle play a part in Florida History. Native Americans have genetic links to people in the steppes of Eurasia and my one character mirrors the link.