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Traditional Stories

  1. Traditional Native American Stories (Giese)
      "Aadizookaan -- means (in Anishinaabemowin, or Ojibwe language) 'a traditional story', what anthros and others seem to like calling legends or myths. These are -- or in their original, were -- often sacred. Those represnt large themes of human existence: where we came from, how we should live, reconcilliation to the tragedies of life, thankfulness There are smaller stories: teaching, humorous, answering 'Why?' questions about natural phenomena and behavior."

      "Native myths, as opposed to tall tales and little stories for children, are not entertainment. It is important that you cite the source from which you transcribed it, the collector or non-Indian reteller-translator of the myth, and if given, the original teller. And, of course, the tribe."

      "I think Native myths are meaningless removed from cultural context, but if there is any educational value to them, they must be identified with a specific people, time, and place." 8-05


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