Native American Notes-November 30, 2009

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Native American Language and Culture November 30, 2009 Yontii Wheeler Native American Language and Culture Notes November 30, 2009 Thomas King’s Green Grass Running Water : Satirizes main stream society and aspects of Native American Society Educates main stream subject about Native American society Destroys stereotypes Sun Dance: Chief Ceremony for Plains Indians-many different plains tribes had different versions of sun dance Themes that run through literature : Importance of Light Energy and Sun as source of light energy for the earth , Problem faced by all Native American’s Philo- sophies: If the source of sustenance for the origin of life on earth is the sun, what would happen if the sun burned out?- ANSWER : Since everything is viewed as cyclical you have to complete the cycle, what does the sun eat? How does the sun get its energy?- ANSWER 2 : You strengthen the sun through ritual dances, the choreography of the dance represents movements of heavenly body, energy expended from performing the dance rises and completes the circle. More Literal Explanation: Aztec sacrifice is the Aztec way of feeding the sun or com- pleting the cycle As you move farther North you move from literal sacrifice to figurative sacrifice--make a physical sacrifice nevertheless One example of human sacrifice in the North: Southern Plains-the most beautiful
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