Did the Chipmunk Have What He Deserved? How the Moral at the End of the Story “How the Chipmunk Got Its Stripes” Reflects Subjugation by Huron Tribe Carried Out by Seneca Tribe.

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Did the chipmunk have what he deserved? How the moral at the end of the story “How the chipmunk got its stripes” reflects subjugation by Huron tribe carried out by Seneca tribe. In the Seneca‘s “How the chipmunk got its stripes”, part of the North American oral tradition, a chipmunk’s back scraped by a bear’s paw displays the creation of such white stripes on that animal; however I consider the moral placed at the end of the story as a portrait of Seneca’s conquest over Huron tribe and the possibility of being the actual authors of this story. In the text, the chipmunk got three white stripes in his back, metaphor for the marks result of smallpox epidemic which symbolizes defeating and failure. In 1648, the Seneca got deep into Canada and surrounded the capital of Huronia, place devastated by smallpox epidemics, which meant to a nonstop conquering by the Seneca. As Huron’s were defeated, thousands of them were forced to be part of this growing tribe, carrying the legacy of loss and the marks of a disease that meant their crushing. Another clue about origins of the story lays on how direct the moral is pointed to the chipmunk’s behavior and the reason why it was scarred for life. The bear’s prepotency over other animals and the odd highlighted idea on how all the other animals feared him2, contrary to chipmunk’s wit upon the bear yet weakness regarding strength, shows the author is not in accordance with being weaker –under the control- of the bear but he accepts the bear’s power. Therefore, the origins of this story may have source in Huron people living subjugated in Seneca’s lands. As a conclusion, the origins of this oral telling may be traced to Huron’s roots and it depicts defeating boosted by a smallpox spread and how they are subjugated by the raw power of the winner –Seneca- yet they feel wiser; and the moral at the end shows disagreement with

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