<ul><li>The Native Americans greeted the European settlers as friends </li></ul>
How did they receive the colonists? If it wasn’t for the Native Americans, many of the settlers would not have survived – particularly during the very difficult winters
How did Native Americans influence American literature? <ul><li>Native Americans are known for their oral tradition </li></ul><ul><li>– the stories they passed down orally throughout generations </li></ul>
Their oral performances included myths , stories , poems and songs
As a whole, the Native American oral tradition captured its cultural ideals, which included a reverence for nature
Another important use of these stories was to explain the supernatural (this occurred primarily in myths )
It’s your turn! 1) What are some common themes that you see? 2) Why do you think that the Native American oral tradition is important to the development of American literature? Read page 16: “ World on a Turtle’s Back” 3 sentence response:
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