Tag Archives: The Great Spirit

Critical Commentary

Sadie Ingalls’ origin story is concise, but filled with meaning. Themes of sin invade the text, as does the conflict between the individual and the community in this carefully worded yet ambiguous piece. Sadie’s crow suffers several faults. First, he forgets … Continue reading

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Critical Commentary

The Struggle Against Darkness is a rather short story which seems to combine many elements of other Sanpoil stories.  As a result, Runnels submitted a text that is incredibly encompassing of many Sanpoil stories, and thus has high cultural value. … Continue reading

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Historical and Cultural Context

The Sanpoil is a tribe of Native Americans located in Washington state.  Their name derives from the Okanagan dialect, and means “gray as far as one can see”.  They, along with the Nespelem tribe, as well as other additional tribes, … Continue reading

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Louis Runnels (Sanpoil)

Biography | Historical and Cultural Context | Critical Commentary | Further Reading The Struggle Against Darkness  

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Critical Commentary

“A Legend of the Pottawatomi” is an origin story that explains the start of the Pottawatomi Indian Race. Origin stories are also known as “narratives”, “creation stories” or myths”. However it is important to note that “creation stories” are focused … Continue reading

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Historical and Cultural Context

In 1902, Elmira Jerome was placed within the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in order to have her assimilate to the American ways. Henry Pratt, the founder of this school, used the school to physically and spiritually transform the Native Americans … Continue reading

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Elmira Jerome (Chippewa)

Biography | Historical and Cultural Context | Critical Commentary | Further Reading A Legend of the Pottawatomi The Pottawatomi Indians believe in two spirits, Kitchemanito, symbolizing the Great Spirit, and Matchemanito, the evil spirit. When Kitchemanito first made the world it … Continue reading

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