Our Stories Remember: American Indian History, Culture and Values through Storytelling by Joseph BruchacFrom the back cover:
Through his retelling of traditional Native American stories, Joseph Bruchac offers readers a rich mix of American Indian history, culture and values. A diverse range of Native groups is included - Tlingit, Navajo, Cree, Abenaki, Yupik, Seminole, Sioux, Cherokee, and many more - with questions asked and answered, such as:
*What do the ancient stories mean?
*How do the Indians define themselves?
*What are the Native attitudes toward life and death?
*What was the impact of the coming of the Europeans?
*How do Native Americans relate to the natural world?
*How do traditional stories sustain tribal American peoples even today?
Our Stories Remember is an illuminating look at Native origins and lifeways, a treasure for all who value Native wisdom and the stories that keep it alive
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Preserving History: The Importance of Storytelling in Native American Culture
The Native American culture is known for its rich oral tradition - instead of using a written language to document their history, these indigenous people simply relied on their verbal language to share their history, customs, rituals, and legends through vivid narratives. These powerful tales, often told by the tribal elders to the younger generations, not only related their tribal history; these tribal stories also entertained and preserved their culture. History comes alive Each time a story was told, it breathed life into the culture, cultivated their verbal language, gave meaning to the tribe's history, and also taught life lessons about things like love, leadership, and honor, as well as their symbiotic connection to the earth and intimate relationships with the animals they depended on. Experiencing the storytelling tradition today Although this tradition of storytelling is less common today than was many years ago, some authors both native and non native have promised to preserve these stories for future generations. They have listened and learned many of these legendary tales from tribal elders.
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Utilizing storytelling to transmit educational messages is a traditional pedagogical method practiced by many American Indian tribes. American Indian stories are effective because they present essential ideas and values in a simple, entertaining form. Different story characters show positive and negative behaviors. The stories illustrate consequences of behaviors and invite listeners to come to their own conclusions after personal reflection. Because stories have been passed down through tribal communities for generations, listeners also have the opportunity to reconnect and identify with past tribal realities. This article reports on a research intervention that is unique in promoting health and wellness through the use of storytelling. The project utilized stories to help motivate tribal members to once more adopt healthy, traditional lifestyles and practices.
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Each culture will tell the same story differently, because each one has its own genres and cultural rules. These cultural rules have led to a host of different traditions and practices beloved around the world. In this series, we explore the importance of traditional storytelling across various cultures. The Native American culture is known for its rich oral tradition. Instead of using a written language to document their history, these indigenous people simply relied on their verbal language to share their history, customs, rituals and legends through vivid narratives. These powerful tales are often told by the tribal elders to the younger generations. They relate their tribal history and they also entertain and preserve their culture.