In Harmony with Nature Notes

In Harmony with Nature Notes

Copy these:

Native American Traditions:  In Harmony With Nature:

 

·       The first American literature was created by the first people to live here -- the Native Americans, who inhabited North America tens of thousand of years before the first Europeans arrived.

 

 

·       They belonged to more than three hundred distinct groups who spoke more than 200 different languages.

 

·       They called themselves names such as Anishinabe, Dine', and Lakota -- each of which means "the people."

 

 

·       Their ways of life differed greatly.  They had complex religious beliefs, sophisticated political systems, and strong social values, all reflected in their literatures.

 

·       Native American literatures were primarily oral, passed down from generation to generation by storytelling and performances.

 

 

·       Widespread types of Native American oral literature are

o   creation myth, which explain the beginning of the world;

o    tales of heroes and tricksters who transformed the world to its present state;

o   and the ritual songs and chants that are part of ceremonies.

 

·       Much of the traditional Native American literature emphasizes the importance of living in harmony with the natural world. 

o   Human beings have a kinship with animals, plants, the land, heavenly bodies, and the elements. 

o   Humans do not have dominion over nature; they are part of nature and must act to maintain a right relationship with the world around them.

 

Ghost Chapter Assignment

Ghost Chapter Assignment

Creation Myth: Prompt, Guidelines, Timeline

Creation Myth: Prompt, Guidelines, Timeline