After students have viewed the video, read the headnotes and literary selections in The Norton Anthology of American Literature, and explored related archival materials on the American Passages Web site, they should be able to
identify some of the genres, meanings, and purposes of American Indian oral narrative and song;
recognize the ways in which contemporary American Indian writers draw upon and transform the oral tradition in their written texts;
generalize about typical themes, concerns, and narrative forms in contemporary American Indian literature;
compare the migration legends and creation myths of the European explorers and the Iroquois and Pima Indians;
sketch out some differences between the values, beliefs, and assumptions of Native North Americans and Europeans at the time of first contact during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
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