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There was no written literature among the more than different Indian languages and tribal cultures that existed in North America before the first Europeans arrived.
As a result, Native American oral literature is quite diverse. Narratives from quasi-nomadic hunting cultures like the Navaho are different from stories of settled agricultural tribes such as the pueblodwelling Acoma; the stories of northern lakeside dwellers such as the Ojibwa often differ radically from stories of desert tribes like the Hopi.
Tribes maintained their own religions worshipping gods, animals, plants, or sacred persons.
Systems of government ranged from democracies to councils of elders to theocracies. These tribal variations enter into the oral literature as well. Still, it is possible to make a few generalizations.
Indian stories, for example, glow with reverence for nature as a spiritual as well as physical mother.
Nature is alive and endowed with spiritual forces; main characters may be animals or plants, often totems associated with a tribe, group, or individual. The closest to the Indian sense of holiness in later American literature is Ralph Waldo Emersons transcendental OverSoul, which pervades all of life.
The Mexican tribes revered the divine Quetzalcoatl, a god of the Toltecs and Aztecs, and some tales of a high god or culture were told elsewhere. However, there are no long, standardized religious cycles about one supreme divinity.
The closest equivalents to Old World spiritual narratives are often accounts of shamans initiations and voyages. Apart from these, there are stories about culture heroes such as the Ojibwa tribes Manabozho or the Navajo tribes Coyote.
These tricksters are treated with varying degrees of respect. In one tale they may act like heroes, while in another they may seem selfish or foolish. Although past authorities, such as the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung, have deprecated trickster tales as expressing the inferior, amoral side of the psyche, contemporary scholars some of them Native Americans point out that Odysseus and Prometheus, the revered Greek heroes, are essentially tricksters as well.In a scrapbook maintained by my Great, Great, Great Great Grandfather James Morris Whiton, a business man from Boston who was in England and ParisFrance .
is that in one of the links, Notes On the State of Virginia, a researcher google the book and slavery, and obtain passages like this one that contradicts wikipedia's own section, "To emancipate all slaves born after passing the act.
Notes on the State of Virginia, by Thomas Jefferson, is at once a compendium of information about the state and a sweeping commentary on natural history, society, politics, education, religion, slavery, liberty, and law. Many consider it the most important American book written before - Thomas Jefferson and his piece “Notes on The State of Virginia.” I have chosen Thomas Jefferson because of the simple fact that he is one of America’s great forefathers and his writings are simply brilliant.
Thomas Jefferson is an iconic figures seemingly that he composed The Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson also opposed slavery . Obituaries for the last 7 days on Your Life Moments.
It is with great sadness that the family of Diane Catherine (Maudsley) Arthur announces her passing after a Photos (2) Carlyle, Elaine (nee Burton) Kingston Whig Standard • Tuesday, November 20, • Obituary. Thomas Jefferson was an avid book-collector, a voracious reader, and a gifted writer--a man who prided himself on his knowledge of classical and modern languages and whose marginal annotations include quotations from Euripides, Herodotus, and Milton.