Student Feature: Native American Literature

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Editor’s Note: This post has been written by Ryan Arciero, a student in Dr. White’s American Literature class at Lewis University.  Dr. White’s students were to submit one of their public posts for the class to the Jet Fuel Review Blog as an assignment. Ryan has provided his post on Native American creation stories

Public Post 1: The True Founders of Early American Literature: Native Americans

Many Americans consider themselves to be the honest originators of this great country—that all works of classic “American Literature” must of course first come from the colonists’ wise and witty tongues.  What we do not realize is that there were Americans present here far before us, with their own rich culture and grand literary history.  These were the Native Americans, indigenous people with a strong sense of community, spirituality, and connectedness with nature.  Unlike the current American philosophy, which so often searches for a single, undeniable truth, Native Americans were both accepting and appreciative of different versions of oral traditions.  One particular aspect of this cooperative spirit between the indigenous peoples concerns religion and the sacred commencement of mankind.

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