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Native American Notes-November 11, 2009

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Native American Language and Culture Notes November 11, 2009 Yontii Wheeler Native American Language and Culture Notes November 11, 2009 The Next Book: Green Grass Running Water References pop culture and European History Not translating from a Native American Language but imitates the style of Native Amer- ican Language in English Humorous Main Concept in Green Grass Running Water is Discourse- how large chunks of lan- guage are organized, i.e. stories and other genres etc. Native American Discourse is different from Indo-European Discourse because not all stories have to have a beginning, middle, and end but ends exactly where it begins. Native American Discourse: referential refers to physical world refers to common experiences and could be current events could refer to members of the audience or interactions occurring while the story is be- ing told. Ojibwe Discourse: How do we reconcile the Native American belief of individualism with the collective mindset? It is not seen as contradictory Answer: Collective mindset is in order to protect everyone else’s autonomy, individuality might interfere with the work of the group and clash so collectiveness buffers this, ap- pears to be contradictory, one is the means to achieving the end to another end: cohe-
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