Re: how reliable is the oral tradition ?

Patrick Powers (
25 Nov 1994 17:25:11 GMT

In article <>,
Dan Moerman <> wrote:
<In article <> lettej@ERE.UMontreal.CA (Lette Jean) writes:
<>From: lettej@ERE.UMontreal.CA (Lette Jean)
<>Subject: how reliable is the oral tradition ?
<>Date: Sat, 19 Nov 1994 22:34:58 GMT
<> Can we assume that the legends taught by the elders today are at
<>least similar to those taught 100 years ago. Human nature being what
<>it is, wouldn't it be somewhat surprizing ?
<>Thank you for your input,
>From what I've heard of such things, those taught the oral tradition are
required to memorize every word. They see this as valuable information,
not stories, and are very careful with it. I do know for a fact that
there is great attention to detail in Native American sand paintings,
that the copies sold as art have some minor details changed and hence
are considered powerless.