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l_pl1_37194040_fnt_tr_t03iiShoshone Indian (sic) Smoking(courtesy the Walters Art Museum)

The Walters Art Museum (Baltimore) (description)

This is a brief note. I am working on The Song of Hiawatha(1855), by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (27 February 1807 – 24 March 1882), but every Sunday I share brunch with a friend. I was in the kitchen.

About Amerindian tales

I have read several Amerindian “fairy tales.” Shapeshifting is a recurrent motif or “constant” in Amerindian tales. Shapeshifting is often a trickster’s device, but also an attempt to discover the truth and to protect oneself. It is survival through deceit, and, therefore, a ruse.

There are numerous Creation myths. They are listed in Wikipedia.

Sequoya's SyllabarySequoya’s Syllabary (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sequoya’s Syllabary

Before Sequoya (1770 – 1840) the gifted Cherokee who created a syllabary, it is reported that Amerindians could not write. Once Sequoya invented his syllabary, literacy among the Cherokee surpassed the rate of literacy of the white. Sequoya…

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