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ERIC Number: EJ788419
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1052-5505
Honoring the Word: Classroom Instructors Find that Students Respond Best to Oral Tradition
Thompson, Michael
Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education, v19 n2 p12-16 Win 2007
The author explored how the oral tradition is currently "voiced" in tribal college and university classrooms. He asked a number of instructors how they approach literature and writing--particularly if the texts that they assign represent the value that Native people have historically given to traditional stories, teachings, speeches, tribal journeys, and accomplishments. In this article, the author presents some instructors who share the resources they use to give oral tradition voice in their tribal college and university classrooms. They are: (1) Mary Henson Saunders, an English instructor at Sinte Gleska University, Mission, South Dakota; (2) Sean Chandler, director of Native Studies at Fort Belknap College, Harlem, Montana; (3) Craig Howe (Lakota) of Oglala Lakota College, Kyle, South Dakota; and (4) Alyce Spotted Bear, an instructor at Fort Berthold Community College, New Town, North Dakota.
Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education. P.O. Box 720, Mancos, CO 81328. Tel: 888-899-6693; Fax: 970-533-9145; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A