Narrative Vs Native American Culture

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Narratives are inherently intimate in their expression. Especially in oral storytelling, this can be seen by the immense control the storyteller has on the actual story. A storyteller can shape his own story through his imagination, or he can mold a story he’s heard to fit within his ideals. Good storytellers can improvise, add and delete details of a narrative based on the crowd he’s telling it to, and mold it into personalized experience. In this case, the narrative is influenced by both the storyteller and the listener, and they can act as a border to contain the ideas presented in the narrative. Even when the narrative is disparate from the reader, the reader still has immense control over his overall narrative experience. A reader can …show more content…

Their cultural biases can affect how they look at a story and how they pose it to others. For example, in the story Kochinnenako, the English version’s structure version varies greatly from the Indian’s version. In the Native American’s version, there is a focus on balance and harmony, in which the plot is focused on the revival and maintenance of the harmony between summer and winter. The structures of the sentences are short and simple, as the emphasis on description of events rather than a subject and an object. Also the story doesn’t linger long with any characters, highlighting the coherence and importance as the tribe as a whole. This contrasts greatly from how the Western version is told. Western individualism creeps into the plot. Now the protagonist becomes summer, the antagonist becomes winter and the Kochinnenako becomes the plot. The plot revolves around the fight between good and evil, good personified as the warm, embracing, and strong summer and against the harsh, cold, and bitter winter. The plot also introduces a romantic aspect, where summer saves Kochinnenako from winter, and breaks the marriage imposed by the tribe. The Western’s masculine individualistic view differs greatly from the feminine, socialistic view of the original story, and greatly alters the

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