NOTE: I was inspired to write this article after recently seeing the film, AVATAR, and after reading a German article in DIE ZEIT on the life and work of Paulus Niavis.
Outside of the borderland areas of Plauen, i.e. Germany and Bohemia (Czech
Republic), almost no one knows the name Paulus Niavis, originally born Paul
Schneevogel (Snowbird in German) in the town of Eger in 1460 just as the Age of
Latin would begin to die as universal language for most of Western European
scholars and elite. It was also when the Age of Discovery and Imperialism for
Europeans was just getting ready to begin.