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

Orality and Ceremonialism

Orality and Social Memory

Storytelling
Teachings

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Storytelling can be defined in many ways among the Indigenous people; one example of this variety in definition is the ceremonies enacted by gifted people. From one perspective a ceremony can be looked at as the physical enactment of a story that was created by the ancestors or the spirit world. It does not mimic exactly that mythic moment. Rather it expresses the connection that the people have within the time frame of the current ceremony with the ancestral reality, deemed now to be immediately present for the hearing. In effect the roots of the survivors, their ancestors, and their entire past becomes a part of the present moment, thus linking those present at the ceremony directly to this other reality. The Sun Dance is one example of this connection. It is concerned with world and life renewal; it is a dance that enacts the story of rebirth and re-creation.

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