Cartographies of the Voice: Storying the Land as Survivance in Native American Oral Traditions
AbstractThis article examines how Native places are made, named, and reconstructed after colonization through storytelling. Storying the land is a process whereby the land is invested with the moral and spiritual perspectives specific to Native American communities. As seen in the oral traditions and written literature of Native American storytellers and authors, the voices of indigenous people retrace and remap cartographies for the land after colonization through storytelling. This article shows that the Americas were storied by Native American communities long before colonial contact beginning in the fifteenth century and demonstrates how the land continues to be storied in the present as a method of decolonization and cultural survivance. The article examines manifestations of the oral tradition in multiple forms, including poetry, interviews, fiction, photography, and film, to demonstrate that the land itself, through storytelling, becomes a repository of the oral tradition. The article investigates oral narratives from precontact and postcolonial time periods and across numerous nations and geographical regions in the Americas, including stories from the Mayan Popol Vuh; Algonkian; Western Apache; Hopi; Haudenosaunee/Iroquois; and Laguna Pueblo stories; and the contemporary poetry and fiction of Joy Harjo (Mvskoke/Creek Nation) and Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna Pueblo). View Full-Text
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Yi, I. Cartographies of the Voice: Storying the Land as Survivance in Native American Oral Traditions. Humanities 2016, 5, 62.
Yi I. Cartographies of the Voice: Storying the Land as Survivance in Native American Oral Traditions. Humanities. 2016; 5(3):62.Chicago/Turabian Style
Yi, Ivanna. 2016. "Cartographies of the Voice: Storying the Land as Survivance in Native American Oral Traditions." Humanities 5, no. 3: 62.
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