The Native American Oral Tradition: Voices of the Spirit and Soul

Synopsis

Einhorn, a rhetorical scholar, explores the rich history of the Native American oral tradition, focusing on stories, orations, prayers, and songs. Because American Indians existed without written language for many generations, their culture was strongly dependent on an oral tradition for continuity and preservation. Not surprisingly, they spent many hours perfecting the art of oral communication and learning methods for committing their messages to memory. Einhorn thoroughly examines the important aspects of this unique oral tradition from a rhetorical perspective, covering individual speakers, nations, and time periods.

Additional information

Contributors:
Includes content by:
  • Neil Philip
  • Harold Littlebird
  • Leslie Marmon Silko
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 2000