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This Essay Reviews The Diffren Types Of Tricksters In Early Native American Literature

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Which Is Better?In Native American oral traditions, the sometimes vulgar, but sacred Trickster assumes many forms. He can be Old-Man coyote among the Crow tribes, Raven in northwestern Indian lore, or, more generically, The Tricky One. Though the trickster's form may very from legend to legend his role in Native Americans cultural society remains the same. The cultural lessons of virtue and morals the trickster teaches are vital in preserving Native American societies.By passing the tales of the trickster on through the generations, Native Americans are able to teach the next generation the importance of their morals and virtue. Let's consider for a moment just how the current dilemma of ...view middle of the document...

Though the Trickster comes in many different forms his role continues to be the same; teaching the negative results that come when one does not practice good moral and virtues behavior. Sometimes the trickster animal is characterized as being: greedy, imitative, stupid, pretentious and deceitful. In the Native American mythology, he attempts trickery in many forms but very often gets tricked himself by men and women who are able to see through his unmoral tricks. Because the trickster can assume many different forms such as, animals, people, and inanimate objects the need to always practice the best of morals becomes necessary.In the North Pacific Coast, Trickster may be a Raven, Mink, or Blue jay. The form of the Trickster has been twisted and molded to adapt to hundreds of Native American societies. Whatever else he may be, Trickster is also a survivor who uses his wits and instincts to adapt to the changing times. He still appears in many guises in modern Native American literature. The trickster employing his unmoral practices is always able to creep back into the forest to await his next chance to try and corrupt the moral and virtues people around him.In traditional education, the community itself is the teacher and school, and the learning of positive morals and virtues is a life-time process. Thus becomes the need for the passing of trickster tales down through the generations to ensure that older generations are continually...

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