Chief’s Daughters and Trickster Coyote and Bear

Chief’s Daughters and Trickster Coyote and Bear


(1)Forum: Chief’s Daughters

Main Objective: Analyze meaning and structure of literary work

Secondary Objective:Â Critical thinking and writing

It is important to remember that the Native Americans practiced an oral tradition, which means stories were passed down from generation to generation through verbal
communication. As with any form of communication, reliability is questioned, but in the oral form stories can change just simply by the emphasis placed on a certain
word or even a certain pause could change the meaning for the listener. Most of the works we read from Native Americans are tales are songs that have been passed down
and finally captured by European writers.

Here is the question: After reading The Chief’s Daughters, what message does the tale hold for the reader? Is there something specific readers are to learn from
the tale or is it just a “campfire” story that is passed on from generation to generation.

(2) Forum: Trickster Coyote and Bear

Main Objective: Analyze and develop meaning

Secondary Objective: Definition

The idea of a trickster in literature has been around for quite some time.It is usually the trickster who is most active in the story and actually causes our main
characters to react or not to react. It is the trickster who, perhaps, actually teaches us the lesson we are supposed to learn.

Here is the task: After reading Coyote and Bear, define the word “trickster.” After developing your definition, think about anything you have read (book, play,
short story) or seen (film) which contains a trickster. Describe and discuss this character in the work you have chosen by relating to your definition of the term.

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