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Silence, the Word, and the Sacred

Joseph Epes Brown and Emily Cousins

in Teaching Spirits

Published in print August 2001 | ISBN: 9780195138757
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199871759 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195138757.003.0004
 Silence, the Word, and the Sacred

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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

Chapter.  6648 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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