Native American Literature Flashcards

Terms Definitions
Life originates from ______.
The coyote symbolizes what?
Native Americans (1400-1600)
Communicated Orally
Old, imaginative parrern repeated thorough the ages
What does repetition/parallel construction help do?
build emotion
Modernism (1915-1945)
●Experimental styles
mood=alienation & disconnection
Songs were often interspersed with what?
Native American poetry began as what?
Realism (1865-1915)
Major Writers:
●Frederick Douglass
●Harriet Beecher Stowe
●Mark Twain
●Jack London
Contemporary (1945-present)
Major Writers:
●Allen Ginsberg, Gwendolyn Brooks, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sylvia Plath, Flannery O'Connor O'Connor, Raymond Carver, Truman Capote
Father of Transcendentalism= Ralph Waldo Emerson
What is a metamorphoses?
a change in something
The rhythmic speaking or singing of words or sounds, often primarily on one or two pitches called reciting tones
When were poetry and prose used?
special occasions
What musical instrument were poems and prose accompanied by when produced vocally?
Age of Reason (1750-1800)
●Political pamphlets, speeches, essays, documents
What type of singing was popular?
group or solo
True or false? Chants may range from simple to complicated.
What is the major literary element in Native American literature?
Age of Faith (1607-1750)
Some Major Writers:
●Anne Bradstreet
●John Smith
●Jonathan Edwards
True or false? Chants used a lot of repetition.
What role do archetypes usually take?
hero or central character
What are the two kinds of myths?
etiological and euhemeristic
What are the three types of myths?
creation, heroic, trickster
How was Native American literature reworded?
In pictographs or symbols
Native American Literaure was used to communicate what?
ideas and beliefs.
Prose and poetry in Native American literature differ in what three ways?
purpose, form, and content
What kind of interaction was shown in Native American literature?
interaction with nature
Animals are the source of what two things for humans?
life and good
Name four ways chants were used.
battle cries, sports contests, protests, lullabies
What is 4 an important number?
It is a sacred number.
What is an euhemeristic myth?
Has some basis in historical fact
What are the one or two pitches chants are sung on called?
reciting tones
What are four examples of archetypes?
bikers, nerds, life-giving tree, trickster
According to the poem in our book, what endures and what doesn't?
Earth endures, man doesn't.
What did poetry and prose deal with?
mystical experiences or symbolic meanings of things or events
Myths attempt to do what?
Bring meaning to human existence and teach ideals and values of culture
What are five things songs were used for?
work, lullibies, lovemaking, ridicule, boasting
Myths are almost always connected with what?
religious rituals and explaining the world the people live in and their traditions
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