Preserving the Native American Culture

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When people think of Native American books and stories the first one that generally comes to mind is the poem, Hiawatha. The author who created the well-known poem is the late Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The man honored in the poem was a member of the Iroquois tribe. If he were alive, Hiawatha would have been a brilliant politician. Read her latest blog posted at http://www.chiloquinarts.com/native-arts-in-the-usa/

 

During his own time Hiawatha was able to use his powers of persuasion to convince the Iroquois tribe to form an alliance with other tribes who spoke a similar language. The alliance of the tribes would later become the formable League of Nations. A national park named after Hiawatha is located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

 

The tradition of passing stories down from one generation to the next has always been an important part of the Native American culture. While most of the stories and memories were verbally passed on, archaeologist have found some of paintings and carvings in caves and on stone walls that historians believe were used to illustrate the stories the
ancestors of today’s Native American’s told.

 

Today the descendants of the ancient storytellers have turned to a more conventional means of telling stories. Today there are several popular Native American’s who have lucrative publishing contracts and are writing books. Other Native American’s choose different mediums to continue the tradition of storytelling, some of the best stories can be found in Native Theater or by reading poetry. visit the original source for more detailed updates.

 

Carolyn Dunn is a woman who has blood ties to the Muskogee Creek, Seminole, and Cherokee tribes. Despite living an already busy life that is spent caring for her husband and children; Carolyn Dunn is still able to find time to pursue her passions. Carolyn Dunn is an accomplished artist as well as a successful poet and playwright. She was also one of the people responsible for the creation of the American Indian Theatre Collective.

 

Publishers of Carolyn Dunn’s books include the Painted Pony Press and Coyotesse Books. Her books include Coyote Tears, Coyote and Pele, Outfoxing Coyote, and Deer Woman. Annette Arkeketa is a playwright and poet who is currently enjoying a successful career. Her plays include Ghost Dance, Hokti, and Pahdopony: See How Deep the Water Is.

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She has been honored by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers, who named her their 2000 mentor of the year. In 1998 the same group named her writer of the year for her play, Hokti. Annette Arkeketa is a registered member of the Otoe-Missoria Tribe.In addition to creating The Dead Dog CafÈ Comedy Hour, Thomas King is also a prolific author. Thomas King has some Cherokee in his background. Some of the novels Thomas King has written include all my Relations, A Short History of Indians in Canada, Dreadful Water Shows Up, and The Red Power Murders: A Dreadful Water Mystery.

 

If you are someone who prefers short stories to novels, you might want to pick up a copy of Voices at Dawn: New Work from the Institute of American Indian Arts 1995-1996, or the 2007 O. Henry Stories. Both books contain short stories written by Eddie Chuculate. In addition to creating The Dead Dog CafÈ Comedy Hour, Thomas King is also a prolific author. Thomas King has some Cherokee in his background. Some of the novels Thomas King has written include “All my Relations,” it is short history of the Indians somewhere in Canada, the Dreadful Water  Shows Up, and A Dreadful Water Mystery and the The Red Power Murders.