Expository Essay on Native American Literature

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What is your favorite piece of literature? It is generally assumed that Native Americans do not have any alphabet. In fact, some people even think they have no written literature because they think they can barely speak at all. I learned that Native Americans just so happen to have some of the best literature yet by putting all emotions into one piece and just saying what they need to when they feel like it. Some well written literature include “I Will Fight No More Forever”, “Song of the Sky Loom”, “The Origin of the Long House”, and “Jesus Christ’s Half-Brother is Alive and Well on the Spokane Indian Reservation”. While both American and Native Americans have their own way to write literature, Native American literature talk about nature, peacefulness, sadness, and dedication in a way no other literature does. Native Americans show great emotion towards nature. They view the Earth and the sky as their mother and father. The use of natural images in Native American literature reveals their love and respect for the land. For example, in the poem “Song of the Sky Loom” by Tewa, they say “O our Mother the Earth, O our Father the Sky, Your children are we, and with tired backs We bring you the gifts you love”. They would also offer the Mother Earth and Father Sky gifts like things they had weaved. They tell stories about how bears used to walk upright. In the story, “When Grizzlies Walked Upright” by Modoc, they say “They looked so fierce that the Sky Spirit sent them away to live in the forest at the base of the mountain”. They also say the grizzly bears used to walked upright all the time and talk like humans do and the Sky Spirit made them walk on all fours because they were too scary. Nature contributes to a major part of Native American literature. They take care of their land very well. If they kill and animal, they don’t just eat it, they use the skin for
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