AIS paper 2

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Q2, Chapters 4 & 5 According to Chapter four, how has Native American Religion become a commodity? What does Sutler-Cohen mean when she says “You can own Grandmas songs”? Is there a cost to both native and non-native communities as a result of the practice of corporate Shamanism? Please be specific and cite examples from the reading. Native American religion has become a commodity due to the fact that Neo-Shamans are more focused on giving a presentation and making a profit rather than the spiritual aspects of Native American religion. According to Cohen, “It is my belief that Westernized religion in general has become a commodity almost ad hoc in North America. It is a potential money making industry, and anyone can take part”. She…show more content…
For the non-native community it merely feeds the imagination and pop culture in terms of the portrayal of Native Americans. Chapter 6 & 7, Q3 According to Melissa Nelson, why is oral tradition/history so important to cultural preservation and revitalization in American Indian communities? What are some of the challenges of using the term traditional according to Nelson? According to Nelson oral tradition and history are important to native communities because it is the primary pedagogical tool for Indian communities around the country (Nelson Pg98). Before colonization oral stories were the main way of exchanging information and teaching future generations of the natives for centuries. They shared stories of how to gather plants, what and what not to eat, how to plant certain things and how and when to perform certain ceremonies. There were also profane and funny stories which included gossip. According to Nelson, in many ways these same stories are being told today but not as much. The elders that told these stories are beginning to pass on and the younger generations are not often hearing them, listening to them, or learning them (Nelson pg98). Because of this the stories are becoming endangered as well as the knowledge that is traditionally passed down through the stories. A lot of the modern day native stories revolve around the effects of colonization, experiences in the boarding schools, commodity foods,
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