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The Native American race struggled over thethousands of years in existenceto preserve a culturalunderstand in their race unlike any other Oral story tellingand ethnic tradition are at the basis of native morals Fromgeneration to generation Indians tried to preserve the valuedunderstanding of their ancestors but the message at timesbecame lost in translation Through the study of Nativeliterature gaps in the consistency of cultural understandingappear evident and unfortunate Alvin M Josephys America in1492 shows a younger generational understand of Nativeculture but Dear John Wayne by Louise Erdrich and WarDances by Sherman Alexie prove a misunderstanding develops inthe Indian culture with the new privileged generationsAlvin M Josephy demonstrates an understanding ofhis Kiowa culture in America in 1492 through his knowledge ofthe Kiowa origins and emotional sentiment Although hisunderstanding in his essay makes him biased it also shows thatremoved generations of Native descendants are able to comprehendthe values of their ancestorsJosephy recalls his knowledge ofthe Kiowa ancestry He knows the origin myths but more thanthat he understands and feels for his ancestors He describesthe natives upon entering America through a hollow log as anendangered species From a twentieth century point of viewJosephy elucidates the struggles of his people such as limitedresources and living at the mercy of the land More thanknowing of the physical struggles of the Kiowas he feels inhis blood the sensations of the Native Kiowas and believesevery Native American descendant should hold their tribesvalues dear Josephy continues on to display his comprehensionof knowing the Kiowa oral stories and the importance of thesymbols in the stories The storyteller exists in his wordsand thrives across untold generations through these wordsMany Native Americans know of their origin and basic storiesbut the writer verifies he travels beyond simple familiarity ofthe information and rises to appreciation for it Josephy provesthat over the sizeable generational gap between the NativeKiowas and himself he nevertheless possesses a culturalunderstanding unlike many other twentieth century nativedescendantsLouise Erdrichs poem Dear John Wayne represents avery different
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