Native American Folk Tales
This week in class, we had to read a variety of different Native American folk tales. I have to say that I have enjoyed all of these stories immensely. Not only are they unique in their own way (because of the stories originating from a different culture) but they are also really awesome.
The difference between a Native American folk tale and any other folk tale is that these stories have a more obvious message. Many folk tales from other cultures dance around a hidden theme, but these always get straight to the point. Not only are they straightforward, but they also demonstrate strong family and religious values. For example, in one of the stories I read about a young boy and elk dogs, there was strong family involvement. There was a family that took a boy in even though he was considered stupid. When he wanted to thank the family for taking him in, he went off into the woods to find these coveted elk dogs. No one had made it back from this journey before. The young boy returned and brought great honor on his family. This showed his thankfulness, and the overall importance of family in these tales.
Though there are a lot of different things about Native American folk tales vs stories from other cultures, there are also things that these tales have in common. The main thing that I have found is that pretty much all folk tales have a representation of a Archetype. Most commonly found is the Trickster. I have yet to see a genre of fair/folk tales without the presence of a Trickster.