Native American Literature : a Tribalography

University of Jordan
Faculty of Foreign Languages
Department of English Language and Literature
Graduate Studies ( MA. English Literature and Critcism)
Literature and Society   (1502718)
Professor LeAnne Howe
Zainab Al Qaisi ( 8080519)

Beyond Native Stories, There is a Written Passion:

      Listening to a story about the history of my ancestors, told by one of my grandparents, and retold, again, in another circumstance, is somehow different from reading the same story, with the same storytelling components, in a book. Or hearing its details in one of the radio stations,; or watching this narrative on television, either in a film or a documentary form. Telling such stories, especially the native ones, is a burden that we shoulder over decades, and unless we are capable of remaining the spirit of “Origin”, we should not blame, but those who submit to the confederacy laws, for transforming these story into “History”, “Fiction”, or “True Fiction.”

      Reading and investigating “The story of America: A Tribalography”, has urged me to research North American tribes, their origins, some of sensitive issues regarding their languages and habits. Therefore, a quest for the term “Tribalography” is initiated, what do the writers mean by “Tribalography”? And how much this term is relevant to a story of a nation, that could through times become “myth”, and their history?   Our stories (the natives’) are drown back to tradition and folklore i.e. folktales or folksongs. Although you can find the same story retold by most of the American Indian tribes, there are some variant versions of these “legends”. Thus, the term “Tribalography” can be divided into two parts; the first is “Tribe”, and the second is “Biography”, so this term means: a presentation of the tribal life cycle through centuries, that is written to shed light upon the origins of each tribe, its language, legends, stories, its people and their habits, the tradition and place. In addition, tracking,...