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If myths are defined as truths important to a culture, what myths are described in...

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hnewberry | Student, Undergraduate

Posted June 25, 2012 at 1:37 PM via web

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If myths are defined as truths important to a culture, what myths are described in Native American narratives and poetry?

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cetaylorplfd | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted June 25, 2012 at 7:17 PM (Answer #1)

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In Native American narratives and poetry, creation myths are common as they help people make sense of the universe around them. Certainly different tribes have their own specific creation myths that have been handed down through oral narrative; however, there are common elements to these myths.  There is typically some description of the Earth as being "empty" (which is somewhat ironic given that the characters in the myths are situated in some place before the creation), then a series of events causes the Earth to come into being via the creation of the geographical landscape and the creation of flora and fauna. Often, personified animals are used as characters and can be interpreted as being representative of the creation of human beings. 

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