ERIC Number: ED351691
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar-21
Reference Count: N/A
The Role of Native American Traditions in the College Composition Classroom.
By including more of the works written by Native Americans, college composition students benefit from a wealth of literary works, and perhaps they will be able to move beyond preconceptions about the difficulties of comprehending traditional Native American texts. Two speeches (Leslie Marmon Silko's speech "Language and Literature from a Pueblo Indian Perspective" and N. Scott Momaday's speech "Man Made of Words") show how the wealth of imagery, vividness of prose, innovative presentation of meaning, and ideas about language translate into the composition classroom. Silko uses metaphor to draw attention to the linear and non-linear rhetoric of Native American literature. She also explores the idea that stories do not really end but rather that a story is a beginning of other stories. Momaday discusses in detail the essential qualities of landscape and how it ties together the individual and culture. Native American literature offers a wealth of possibilities for the composition teacher. Native American texts can teach students a sense of community and encourage reader participation because part of understanding the story lies with the listener. In addition, students can also benefit from realizing the strong reverence for language in Native American texts. Storytelling can be incorporated into class work to show that everyone is a storyteller and has stories to tell. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Native Americans; Oral Tradition; Writing Contexts
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (43rd, Cincinnati, OH, March 19-21, 1992).