Literature of the American Indian Author:Thomas Sanders & Walter Peek Native American peoples know the Power of their songs, legends, history, stories, oratory--those things which a "literate" society calls its "literature." Listening to an elder talk during a winter evening or responding to the rhythm of the drum and the melodies of the singers is more than just entertainment or social pastime for the People of ... more »this Land. It is "literature" which passed on advice and knowledge, which gives the eye a framework of beauty and peace through which to view the world, which binds together individuals into the that web of extended family and clan and tribe and Membership in the Creation which Western Civilization knows of, but seldom expresses.
For Native Americans, this volume will be a source of strenght, adding depth and status to their knowledge and belief that their ways and wisdom are indeed of value. To non-native people, this volume can be an indication of what has been denied to them by Manifest Detsiny and what has remained undiscovered because of the Doctrine of Discovery. For non-native people, it will be something which they can appreciate--for native people, it is a volume in which they can participate.« less