ERIC Number: ED335196
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-May
Opening Students' Ears to Tribal Talk.
This paper presents a view of traditional American Indian public speaking styles to students studying modern Indian diplomatic talk. A transcription of a talk given by the Chairman of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz provides an example of careful political speaking in the traditional tribal style. A culture which is typically oral, rather than written, places a premium on clear, memorable speech. When listening to other speakers, Indians quickly evaluate a speaker's political credibility through knowledge of the past, and knowledge of the other person's form of political organization. The Indian speaker in the example uses "oral paragraphing" by introducing each new section with "I think." This device gives the speaker a chance to review his thoughts and marks a serious advisory statement. It also reminds listeners to remember that the "I" stands for those the speaker represents. With oral paragraphing, the speaker directs the attention of the audience to the theme, then goes into particulars, then ends by returning the attention of the audience to the theme. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the NCTE Northwest Regional Conference Presentation (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, May 1-3, 1987).