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Unformatted text preview: Another difference between the Indian and white worldviews relates to the calculation of time. Black Elk locates events in traditional Indian time, and Neihardt uses footnotes to translate these into familiar terms. Instead of months, Black Elk speaks of "moons," which are described according to seasonal features: the Moon of the Popping Trees translates into December, the Moon of the Changing Season is October, the Moon When the Ponies Shed is May, and so on. Years are not enumerated in relation to the birth of Christ (B.C., A.D.), who is not the center of Indian spirituality, but are named according to distinct events: the Winter When the Four Crows Were Killed, for example. This practice is also consistent with the oral culture of Black Elk's tribe, for whom written numerals were not especially meaningful....
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08