Monday, October 20, 2014

Period FOUR: American Authors Blog #1

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AA Blog #1 (PERIOD 4): Native American Experience / Exploration& Early Settlers

  • First, answer in one comment THREE questions of your choice from the list of eight below.
  • Next, respond to at least ONE other classmate’s comment.
  • Put your complete first name and last name’s first initial at the end of your comment (e.g. Matthew D.)
  • Your comment and response blogs are
    due by
    11:00 AM - Thursday, October 30,2014.
  • Use complete sentences and appropriate spelling and grammar.  Suggestion:  Write your comment in MSWord first (free spell check) and paste it into the blog.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  1. Trickster tales endure, in part, simply because they are fun to read.  But they also often serve to teach a lesson or moral.  What does Coyote and the Buffalo teach or explain?  Support your answer with specific examples.
  2. In your opinion, what are the most important insights Momaday gains about his heritage during his pilgrimage from Yellowstone to his grandmother's grave in the story The Way to Rainy Mountain?  Support your opinion with evidence from the text.
  3. Teacher and scholar Kenneth M. Roemer has argued that “in The Way to Rainy Mountain, N. Scott Momaday links the survival of his people to their ability to remember, preserve and pass on stories.” Do you agree that a culture’s survival rests on this ability?  Explain, using evidence from the text to support your opinion.
  4.  Review your answers to the quiz about slavery we took in class (on page 83 in your textbook) before reading The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Oldaudah Equiano.   What facts or details in his account most surprised you?  What did you learn that you may have answered incorrectly on the quiz?  
  5.  In 1775, just 14 years before writing his life story, Equiano bought slaves to work on his Central American plantation.  He explained his actions by saying he did what he could “to comfort the poor creatures, and render their condition easy.”  Do you find this explanation consistent with the views of slavery put forth in The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Oldaudah Equiano?  Cite evidence from the text to support your answer.
  6. Bradford’s word choice and his choice of details in his story Of Plymouth Plantation provide subtle clues to Puritan beliefs.  Reread Bardford’s account of the arrival at Cape Cod (lines 4-30). What does his description reveal about Puritan attitudes toward Nature?   
  7.  Review the terms of the treaty between the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag (lines 142-154).  Notice which terms apply to both parties equally and which do not.  In your opinion, is the treaty fair?  Explain your answer
  8. How might a Wampanoag historian’s version of events differ from Bradford’s?  Choose an episode from Of Plymouth Plantation cite specific details that might change to reflect this different perspective.  Why?


  1. Q4. We didn’t get to review our test although; I was amazed to find out that he had never seen a white man. This I didn’t know because, I would have thought that it would be men of every color in his home place. I realized after reading this story “The life of Oldaudah Equiano” how different the times were. Those people had to endure such unfair treatment and it made me sick to my stomach to think anyone could treat a person so cruel no matter the color. The most shocking part of the story was that the people wanted to die but they made them eat. Living space was small and unfit for life fecal matter everywhere and nowhere to go. My imagination takes me to a place where death would be a luxury to these people chain up stolen from their families by their own people. To be taken away from his mother as a child, that in its self could have traumatized him. The overall lesson I took from this story that it takes one person to start a change and Oldaudah Equiano may not have had the opportunity to see how he changed the world but it was a world worth changing.

    1. I agree with you. I like the message and moral you recieved after reading this story. I believe that it takes one person to start a change but, it takes serveral people to accomplish the change and since everyone in the story didn't cooperate, the change wasn't able to be accomplished.

      Tationna W.

    2. Thank you for your comment; however, the assignment was to comment on THREE questions. You need to update your comment to reflect on two additional questions or simply add a second comment with the additional responses. Thanks.

  2. Tationna Wright

    Q1. Coyote and the Buffalo teach the moral that trust can take years to gain but seconds to loose. After being enemies for quite some time, Buffalo and Coyote become friends for a little while. Buffalo giving Coyote a cow and Coyote agreeing to make new horns for him symbolized the gaining of the Buffalo's trust towards Coyote. The promise Coyote made was to never kill the cow and Coyote's reward would be a life time supply of meat. Coyote got tired of just eating the fat off of the cow. It craved for the sweetness of the bone marrow. He killed the cow and thought Buffalo Bull would never noticed. Later, Buffalo Bull found out Coyote killed the cow and Coyote never got a cow from Buffalo bull again. The fact that Buffalo's trust for Coyote is gone from one mistake teaches you that trust can take up to years to gain and seconds to loose.

    Q5. No, I don't believe Equiano's explanation was consistent with the view of the slaves. His reasoning was "to comfort the poor creatures, and render their condition easy." If he was a slave, why would he want to be an owner of several other slaves? The views of both the slaves and Equiano differed. The slaves had a terrible experience and Equaino's experience as a owner seemed pretty peaceful.

    Q6. The story of Plymouth Plantation uncovers what Bradford felt the Puritans attitude towards nature was excruciating. One of the worst images displayed in the story was of the winter time. And how many people did not benefit from the winter that occurred.

    1. Your point of view for question 1 is different then mines, you also have a point, that the thing when it comes to stories, they can have multiple lesson/moral. Regarding the other questions, I agree with what you say.
      Alvaro R.

  3. Q1. Coyote and the Buffalo teach us that one shall not be greedy and accept what we have/can have. The coyote was given a cow for his help to the Buffalo Bull, but he was told he can only eat the fat of the cow and he shall not kill the cow to eat the rest of her. But the coyote got tired of eating fat and end up killing the cow. But he wasn’t able to eat what he cooked because it would be stolen. He later finds out that the cow is still alive and with Buffalo Bull and he will not give her back to the coyote.
    Q7. The terms of the treaty between the Plymouth colonist and the Wampanoag were, in my opinion, fair; but with a flaw. There was six points in the treaty, the first four were fair, it applied to both sides and it benefited both sides. The fifth point I didn’t understand, meaning I can’t say if it’s fair or not. But, the sixth point was not fair because it told “that when their men came to them, they should leave there bow and arrows behind them.” The Plymouth had guns, they can be protected but the Wampanoag can’t. This point also crosses with other points of the treaty.
    Q8. The Wampanoag would have different version of the event different from Bradford’s. The Plymouth went on their territory, stole there harvestings without asking (the Plymouth claimed that they were going to pay them back in time… But they never told that Wampanoag that) and changed their world. Their version is definitely not the same.
    Alvaro R.

    1. I agree with you 100% on question one. We dang near explained the same thing. Yes no one should be greedy because in the end you have nothing to show for.

  4. 1#. Coyote was a warrior who carved a strong set of horns, for a vengeful Buffalo that lost his horns. The Young Buffalo was so thrilled that he provided Coyote with a cow for his help but, he was warned never to kill the cow as a sign of their truce. He can only shave off a piece of meat as he needs, and the cow will heal itself. Coyote tires of the meat and wants to eat the bones, he slowly became hungry, filled with (greed), so he killed the cow. But, as he was sleeping an old women came and stole the bones he had betrayed his new friend Young Buffalo for. Coyote tried to go to Young Buffalo for another cow, but when he returned to Young Buffalo the cow was with Young Buffalo and his herd. Young Buffalo refused to let the cow go wit This story teaches you not to be become corrupted with greed because you may have it better than it seems and be too blind to see the truth.

    2#. Momaday seemed to have always known about his ancestry, the death of his grandmother prompts a deeper and more personal exploration of his family background. So, Momaday returns to his Grandmother's house where the spirit of the Kiowa tribe is very strong. Momaday's grandmother was his link to his own Kiowa culture. It was through her that he learned the history of his people, having lived a very long time, his grandmother was a child in the last Kiowa Sun Dance a religious rite, and had been present when the Kiowas had been dispatched by soldiers. Preventing them forever from practicing "The Essential Act of their faith." Kiowas were very tied to the Earth. Their personal history maintains that the tribe came into being by entering the world through a hollow log. Additionally, the Kiowa were a tribe of hunters very dependent on the buffalo for their existence. Without the buffalo the Kiowa could not survive and when the buffalo herds died out, so too did the Kiowa. The Kiowa had other strong beliefs. They maintained a ritual Sun Dance that revolved around a buffalo sacrifice and prayers to Tai-me. Tai-me is said to be a sort of savior figure for the Kiowa. When the Kiowa were facing difficult times Tai-me came to the tribe and led them to a better life. (This showed his people were proud warriors that survived on their own cultural beliefs.)

    7#. The fourth and third treaties were fair in a way that Native Americans and the Europeans would both support each other as it stated, that if "anything were taken away from any of theirs, he should have it replaced." Also, any one who has a unjustly war started against them, they would aid them and vice versa if any did war against them, he should aid them.
    The treaty, was also unfair due to the first, sixth, second, and fifth treaty because they favored the Europeans but, not the Native Americans because the 6th treaty stated if the Europeans ever came to meet the Natives, the Indians should leave their bows and weapons behind. This was the sign that the Europeans didn't really trust the Native Americans as they led their people to believe.

  5. Q1: In the first trick we learn that cleverness, quick-thinking, and wits will help you survive in life. Basically to me using common sense and what you were taught how to react in any situation. Also, in the end, the old woman tricks him by taking the bones that was another valuable lesson that you can’t be naïve in life. Lastly ,Killing the cow was greedy on his part, so we learn you shouldn’t be greedy or take anything for granted but everything happens for a reason.
    Q2:The Kiowa Indians were wanderers who adapted to whatever conditions they in at any particular time.
    Proofs are Momadays statements about being the last culture to evolve. They adopted the culture of the Crows while they lived on the plains. He speaks of receiving their destiny. Even though his grandmother was too young to make these journeys, she still knew the history through the legends, and lived her life according to that culture.
    Q7: I believe for the most part that the treaty is fair. With rules there comes consequences and they sound like really good balanced punishments. I don't see a lot of favoritism getting handed by neither side. To me, the treaty sounds pretty fair for the most part. Its just all about who is going to follow them and who isnt

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  8. #1 The coyote and buffalo, the point of this legend is to explain why there are no curled hairs or buffalo in the country. It is the coyote's fault which is what the legend explains. The legend directly affects the region or setting. This legend also teaches you not to be greedy. The coyote was given an cow and was told not to kill the cow. He was told to just eat the fat off of the cow. The coyote killed the cow any way but other animals ate the cow with out him knowing. The coyote asked the buffalo for another cow but he did not get one.

    #2 The puritans felt like nature was being a little to hard on them. The nature didn't support the voyage so the puritans viewed it as something negative. The puritans had a hard time facing the weather on there trip.

    #7 The first term of throttle treaty was basically saying thrushes the wampanoag had no right to harm the colonist which is right to me because I dont think any one should be harmed unless they did something wrong. The treaty did not state that the colonist had no right to harm the wampanoag which is not right so I think it is unfair.

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  10. Isaiah Brown
    AA Hr.4

    Q1- We learn that cleverness and quick thinking can help you survive according to the first trick. Also killing the cow was greedy on his part so we learn that you shouldn't be greedy in life. And in the end of the story the old women tricks him by taking the bones so we learn that you cant be naive in life as well.

    Q4- What surprised me the most about Oldaudah Equiano is that he owned slaves in the past is weird because he was a slave himself. It was also weird seeing that he married a white women because at that time you did't really see interracial couples plus he was a slave before and it was just weird seeing a white person associate with a black person because of the past history between them.

    Q5- I think it was weird for Equiano to have slaves because he was once a slave himself, and if he wanted to comfort slaves, then why did he have slaves...Plus he said life as a slave was terrible so I don't see why it would be different even though he treated them better than any other slaves but at the end of the day his slaves were still working for him, so no I don't find his explanation consistent.

  11. Q3: Yes, because it's a good way of telling the story. In reality there should be no argument about it, because obviously everyone is going to have a different story on how the Rainy Mountains really became the "Rainy Mountains." Only one person knows the real story, and for now it's okay that they have similar versions of it.

    Q4: Nothing really surprised me. Everything that it asked makes a lot of sense and connected to the story. The only thing that really caught me by surprise was how Equiano wasn't a slave but owned slaves. I wouldn't be able to tell people of my own race to do everything there is to do in order to keep my house clean. Even though I'm glad that he had a wife and a child, some people still didn't respect it for racial reasons.

    Q5: I don't find it consistent. From my point of view, it seemed like Equiano wanted to see how it would be to have slaves after being one. He did feel bad for them because he was one himself before. But I believe instead of making them work extremely hard, Equiano made it a little easier for his slaves. When he referred to them as,"poor creatures," he was trying to seem mean but at the same time he wasn't, because he knew that they were suffering.