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  • Print publication year: 1996
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1 - Native views of history

For some of today's American Indian cultural leaders, increasingly anxious over their people's shrinking intellectual heritage, the history which on its face seems social, political, and safe for public recounting often gets formally reglossed as religious property so as to safeguard it from appropriation by prying outsiders. When outsiders contrast the historical orientations and world-views of preindustrial, oral cultures like those of Native Americans with posttraditional, modern societies, they frequently polarize them into ideal types. As with the culture area concept in American Indian social anthropology which parcels the continent into broad ecological domains occupied by culturally similar peoples, the generic Myth/Legend/Folktale trinity in American Indian folklore is a clumsy but helpful outsider's tool for distinguishing traditional narratives. Each of these gross categories can be a repository for some kind of Indian historicity. As fiction by American Indians became popular in the 1970s, incorporating Native historicities appeared high on their list of artistic goals.
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