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Date Created: 12/17/15
We have no actual records of Native American verbal expression that predate 1492 Pontiac39s quotSpeech at Detroitquot is one of the first surviving texts written by a North American Indian exactly as he wrote it FALSE Most writing have been altered Red Jacket earned his name by stealing and wearing the uniform of a British soldier during the Revolutionary War True Although there are some 25 versions of the Iroquois creation myth David Cusick39s version represents the first instance of a Native American recording on his own the founding myths of his people TRUE In North America in 1492 Native people spoke MANY languages Because the phrase quotoral literaturequot is seemingly a contradiction in terms some people call the expressions of the oral tradition quotoraturequot Oral performances are dramatic events in time presented to physicallypresent listeners affected by audience response and their understanding is affected by speech modulation Tecumseh was called quotthe most extraordinary lndian in historyquot and quotthe Greatest Indianquot Bicultural compositesquot are speeches probably based on what an Indian person actually said but whose English text was formed and filtered through translators transcribers editors and publishers Which is why we doubt that Pontiacs Speech agt detroit remained in its original form After hearing the original presentation of quotLogan39s Lamentquot Thomas Jefferson quoted Logan in order to defend the quotgeniusquot of American Indians by pointing to their capacity for noble oratory FALSE he thought that they were stupid
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