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Lee A Zito The Native American Trickster stories were definitely not what I expected them to be I expected something along the lines of Aesops Fables but these particular trickster stories were somewhat different from the usual trickster tale I was taught in grade school The stories to our culture are very immature vulgar and immoral But I could see the same story being played out on an episode of The Simpsons or Beavis and Butthead For the Native Americans these stories were a form of orally told entertainment As obscene as they get the Native Americans found them quite amusing For instance in The Winnebago Trickster Cycle the main character has a run in with a strange talking bulb The bulb says if he is eaten he will make the person who has eaten him defecate The main character ignores this warning and proceeds to eat the bulb He ends up letting loose wind as he walks until his gas becomes so violent he is actually flying up into the air During this description I couldnt help but be amazed that the Native Americans found this appropriate enough to discuss for entertainment It made me realize that even though settlers thought them of as barbarians they were actually ahead of their time This sort of entertainment is acceptable and profitable in our society today Most television shows utilize the immature humor and successfully captivate audiences Another occurrence from the Winnebago Trickster Cycle I found to be shocking was when the Trickster pretends to be a woman He not only throws on a dress and struts like a woman he actually creates a vulva out of elks liver He then proceeds to create breasts for himself out of elks kidneys He also is able to get pregnant This section of the story leads me to wonder about the people who translated these stories I can only imagine their reaction when the Native Americans described
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