Native American Notes ALL

Native American Notes ALL - Native American Language and...

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Native American Language and Culture Notes September 2, 2009-December 7, 2009 Yontii Wheeler Native American Language and Culture Notes September 2, 2009 stereotypes are dehumanizing whether good or bad opposite of reality or true for the most part Native American Stereotypes: 1. drink a lot/ drunks 2. passive 3. easily deceived 4. quiet 5. serious/solemn1 6. primitive 7. savages 8. mysterious, mystical 9. spiritual 10.kind/giving 11. lazy 12.poor health 13.unintelligent 14.live of the land 15.believe in many Gods 16.secluded 17.wears feathers 18.poor 19.traditional Joking or having a sense of Humor: a way of life, important cultural element, a way of venting or reducing tension/stress, enables you to live under circumstances you should- n’t have to live in Trickster: important Native American figure establishes balance when things are unbalanced Humor: Philosophical and religious undertaking of Native Americans **************************************************************************************************** September 7, 2009 Apaches: belonged to the Athabaskan: a linguistic term that means they speak the athabaskan language 3rd to last to come from Asia settled in Alaska and w./N.W. Canada 700-800 years ago some Athabaskan migrated to Arizona, N. Mexico, Colorado, and Utah Split into 2 groups: Navajo an Apaches Navajo: Apaches of the bean field, had irrigation systems and lived in a prosperous area which helped them to be organized as human beings 1
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Native American Language and Culture Notes September 2, 2009-December 7, 2009 Yontii Wheeler Villages were pretty far apart moved in as nomadic raiders=plundered Pueblo villages, stole flocks and agriculture to supplement hunting and gathering Part of Athabaskan imitated the Pueblos to a certain extent and became farmers and herders=Navajo Apaches continued to be raiders Mexicans tried to subdue the Apaches Mexican-American War Americans tried to fight the Apaches Last group to sign a Peace Treaty with the U.S. which they are very proud of Women were killed b/c they have the babies Code Switching: switching from one language to another ex: Apache to English Native Americans won’t joke about death or sickness (unless talking about the white man) Joking occurs: when drinking (to relax or not to dull their wits)-an Anglo activity Joking usually involves an Anglo-imitation but while drinking is an Anglo-activity= a sub- conscious correlation Band: lowest level of socio-political organization -people are related in some way or another -nuclear family clustered, -camps or houses are clustered with the extended family near by Mentioning the physical appearance is impolite and indicates a judgement Native American Language and Culture Notes September 9, 2009 Laughter: what makes us laugh?? -social function
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