National Geographic : 1991 May
rangers work hard to keep the experience a scien tific project and are very strict about feeding and petting. An important part of their research is to find out whether and for how long the wild dolphins will visit the beach and its humans of their free will. The rangers go to great pains, therefore, to ensure that the dolphins do not get the idea there is a free feed on hand every day. PAUL DOUGLAS Svendborg, Denmark The local shire of Shark Bay operates the Dolphin Information Centreandprovidestourists with fish, but it closely supervises and regulates the daily dol phinfeedings. Your statement that "Australia remains a net energy importer" is not correct. Australia is a net energy exporter and has been for many years. The majority of the country's energy exports are in the form of coal, but Australia is also a net exporter of light crude oil. It is, however, necessary for Aus tralia to import heavy crude oil for the production of lubricating oils and asphalt. ROBERT RAWSON AustralianInstitute of Energy Wahroonga,New South Wales Folk-Art Masters A pervasive pressure in American culture is to homogenize. The school-age child learns quickly the social cost of being different. As adults we carry the mantle of sameness proudly. Bravo to the National Endowment for the Arts for supporting the courageous few whose identities are not defined by Madison Avenue and to NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC for capturing in text and image these true champions of tradition. CHUCK OLSEN Fresno, California If there was ever a conduit between my tax dollars and oblivion, your article showed it clearly. The quilts, masks, and storytelling were all interesting, but I could not figure out why those artists should receive federal grants for something they would be doing anyway. In these days of trimming excess fat, the National Endowment for the Arts should be the first to go. STEPHEN M. STURM Delaware, Ohio Are any tapes available of the stories told by Ray Hicks, the songs of Dewey Williams and the Sacred Harp singers, and the fiddle playing of Dewey Balfa? DAN AND ALISSA VAN KEUREN Concord,New Hampshire These artists have made recordings, which can be found in stores specializing in folk music and at manyfolk musicfestivals andconcerts.