Guided Reading for The Western Traditions.

Find the answer to each of these questions as it is given in the textbook before moving on to the next question. Some answers, drawn from the textbook alone, will be rather simplistic. They can, and should, be elaborated upon as your knowledge of the subject grows. It is part of the Guided Reading assignments that student should ASK as well as answer questions.

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The symbol (*) after a question indicates that these might be used for longer essays in your quizzes.

  1. What do Indigenous traditions constitute?
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  3. What has proven to be the case with many past interpretations of Indigenous traditions? Why is this
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  5. What is the definitive understanding of Indigenous religion?
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  7. Do all religions have a sacred text, believe in life after death, and promote the same basic values?
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  9. What does Derry claim about religions propositions? (*)
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  11. What happened at Wounded Knee?
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  13. Who is N. Scott Momaday? (*)
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  15. Why is the term "Indigenous" problematic?
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  17. When do the written records of most Indigenous traditions begin?
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  19. Do all Indigenous traditions recognize a single supreme deity?
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  21. To what, according to Derry, does "Indigenous religion" refer?
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  23. What, according to Derry, has taken place among all religions throughout history?
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  25. From where does most of what people know all about Indigenous cultures come?
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  27. According to Vine Deloria what is the real problem with the non-Indigenous understanding of Indigenous traditions?
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  29. Which is "taboo": an African mask Carver being prohibited from coming into contact with a woman during his work, or a priest being prohibited from pouring unused communion wine down the drain? (*)
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  31. According to Vine Deloria, why do many anthros (anthropologists) study Indians another tribal peoples? (*)
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  33. Why did European scholars refer to Indigenous cultures as "primitive"?
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  35. Do Indigenous people distinguish between the religious and nonreligious aspects of their lives?
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  37. Are all Indigenous cultures like?
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  39. What might be true about "the eyes we see through"?
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  41. What sort of accounts are not unusual in Indigenous traditions? (*)
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  43. Which error has only relatively recently been begun to be understood? (*)
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  45. How do many people in contemporary non-Indigenous societies think of "orality"?
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  47. How is a preference for video, film, or television usually seen?
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  49. What is as true for Indigenous tales as for the parables of Jesus?
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  51. What may Indigenous stories tell us more about?
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  53. What should we not assume about all oral stories?
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  55. What may be the most important point to remember about interpreting Indigenous stories?
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  57. Who is Amma?
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  59. What impression have aborigines traditionally given about the events of the Dreaming?
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  61. What is typical of Dreaming tales?
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  63. What is "Turtle Island"?
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  65. What do Indigenous origin stories typically presuppose?
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  67. To what are tricksters typically related?
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  69. Of what is Eshu an explicit example?
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  71. Why have almost all the trickster figures we know of been male? (*)

 

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