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Nature's Law
Spiritual Life, Governance, Culture, Traditions, Resources, Context and Background
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Orality and Creativity
Orality and Creativity

Orality and Ceremonialism

Orality and Social Memory

Storytelling
Teachings

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This selection demonstrates another function that is crucial to law…oral articulation. This research accepts that the oral tradition is a very complex one in Indigenous culture. Indigenous peoples give special place to the ability to speak convincingly and cogently…the genius of the oral tradition is its immediacy and liveliness. Indeed, for all Indigenous peoples, the act of orality is a creative act, a notion expressed best by Indigenous Culture scholar Sam Gill. Indigenouss, he notes, "commonly hold the view that the appropriate tellings of stories are creative acts, that is, acts that perpetuate the creative ordering powers of which the stories tell" (162). It is because of this belief that, in telling a story, the oral abilities of the teller are "reinforced" with a primordial creativity. By primordial, we understand that the original event had a certain power or authority…it seemed ‘inspired’ or imbued with a creative dimension. In this way storytelling becomes what we would call a religious act for the Indigenous peoples.

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