SPIRITUALITY IN FIRST NATIONS STORY TELLING: A Sahnish-Hidatsa Approach to Narrative

  • Michael James Yellow Bird Assistant Professor, School of Social Welfare, University of Kansas

Abstract

In this narrative I share four aspects of storytelling that support the spirituality of First Nations' people. I begin with a portion of the Sahnish genesis story and its identification of our spiritual beliefs and history. I discuss the significance and purpose of traditional narratives in relation to the manner of storytelling by the elders in our village. I then explain how the telling of narrative in our indigenous languages is diminishing, illustrated by a story that my mother has shared concerning my grandfather's "Indian" boarding school experience. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

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Published
2014-06-12
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