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Teaching SpiritsUnderstanding Native American Religious Traditions$
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Joseph Epes Brown

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195138757

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195138757.001.0001

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Silence, the Word, and the Sacred

Silence, the Word, and the Sacred

Evoking the Sacred through Language and Song

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Teaching Spirits

Joseph Epes Brown

Emily Cousins

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on Native American language and song. It looks at the progressive compromising of tribal languages by the Western world. It discusses the value of oral traditions, the special role of elders in society as keepers of oral tradition, and the art of storytelling.

Keywords:   Native American culture, languages, songs, oral tradition, storytelling

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