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Native American Literature

The Indigenous story "The Earth on Turtle's Back" tells of a time before the Earth existed when there is only water. In the sky lived a chief and his people. After his wife has a prophetic dream,...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2020 3:07 pm UTC

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Native American Literature

“Goodbye, Snauq” is a short story by Canadian writer Lee Maracle that explores the long-term effects of colonialism on Indigenous communities. The story is set in the early twentieth century and is...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2020 3:07 pm UTC

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The narrator of Thomas Whitecloud's story finds wisdom in the way his Wisconsin Chippewa people live. True wisdom comes from their outlook on life. The narrator writes of life during the Great...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2018 2:27 pm UTC

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The Winnebago have many stories about Trickster, Wakjakaga in their native language. In the last story, Trickster creates an environment for humans along the Mississippi River that previously was...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2010 3:39 am UTC

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The prose poem "Cree Girl Explodes the Necropolis of Ottawa" by Billy-Ray Belcourt opens with a reference to the Canadian feature film Rhymes for Young Ghouls. This is a real film that was written...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2020 2:37 am UTC

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The writer is apprehensive and a little afraid of how he will be received when he first arrives in Woodruff. This is because the writer has presumably been away for a while. He hasn't seen his...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2016 4:44 pm UTC

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Throughout her life, Zitkala-Sa, a Lakota Sioux, worked to draw attention to the destruction of Indian culture, and to the abuses inherent in Indian-white relations. In this sense, her most famous...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2013 5:20 pm UTC

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Despite the abusive situation that Will must tolerate within his home, he is in many ways reluctant to leave his family. He enjoys learning life skills, such as trapping, from his father. Both the...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2020 3:43 am UTC

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Native American Literature

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...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2012 7:17 pm UTC

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Native American Literature

Originating as folktales and following an oral tradition, Native American literature, composed of stories, poems, songs, oratory, and chants, was not even recognized until the late 1800s. Until...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2010 2:12 am UTC

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Whether or not Native American literature can be seen as an aspect of post-colonial studies is a widely debated topic. Post-colonial studies looks at literature produced by colonial powers and...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2015 3:24 am UTC

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One way of defining metafiction is that it is fiction which calls attention to its own status as fiction, or its own means of production. The metafictional characteristics of "Goodbye, Snauq" are...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2020 1:26 pm UTC

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After battling with himself over how to fulfill Mabel's request that he write her biography, Sarris finally gave in to tell her life story by story. Each story mirrors the Native American worldview...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2013 10:24 pm UTC

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Intentional fallacy is the fallacy of grounding an assessment of some text or action or behavior on the person's intention rather than on one's own response to that text or action or behavior....

Latest answer posted August 7, 2020 8:30 pm UTC

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