“That the People Might Live”: Loss and Renewal in Native American Elegy

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“That the People Might Live”:
Loss and Renewal in Native American Elegy

Book title: “That the People Might Live”: Loss and Renewal in Native American Elegy

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Author: Arnold Krupat

Book Description:
The word “elegy” comes from the Ancient Greek elogos, meaning a mournful poem or song, in particular, a song of grief in response to loss. Because mourning and memorialization are so deeply embedded in the human condition, all human societies have developed means for lamenting the dead, and, in “That the People Might Live” Arnold Krupat surveys the traditions of Native American elegiac expression over several centuries.

Krupat covers a variety of oral performances of loss and renewal, including the Condolence Rites of the Iroquois and the memorial ceremony of the Tlingit people known as koo’eex, examining as well a number of Ghost Dance songs, which have been reinterpreted in culturally specific ways by many different tribal nations. Krupat treats elegiac “farewell” speeches of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in considerable detail, and comments on retrospective autobiographies by Black Hawk and Black Elk.

Among contemporary Native writers, he looks at elegiac work by Linda Hogan, N. Scott Momaday, Gerald Vizenor, Sherman Alexie, Maurice Kenny, and Ralph Salisbury, among others. Despite differences of language and culture, he finds that death and loss are consistently felt by Native peoples both personally and socially: someone who had contributed to the People’s well-being was now gone. Native American elegiac expression offered mourners consolation so that they might overcome their grief and renew their will to sustain communal life.

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“That the People Might Live”: Loss and Renewal in Native American Elegy

Published on June 11, 2013 by Carol

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“That the People Might Live”:
Loss and Renewal in Native American Elegy

Book title: “That the People Might Live”: Loss and Renewal in Native American Elegy

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Author: Arnold Krupat

Book Description:
The word “elegy” comes from the Ancient Greek elogos, meaning a mournful poem or song, in particular, a song of grief in response to loss. Because mourning and memorialization are so deeply embedded in the human condition, all human societies have developed means for lamenting the dead, and, in “That the People Might Live” Arnold Krupat surveys the traditions of Native American elegiac expression over several centuries.

Krupat covers a variety of oral performances of loss and renewal, including the Condolence Rites of the Iroquois and the memorial ceremony of the Tlingit people known as koo’eex, examining as well a number of Ghost Dance songs, which have been reinterpreted in culturally specific ways by many different tribal nations. Krupat treats elegiac “farewell” speeches of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in considerable detail, and comments on retrospective autobiographies by Black Hawk and Black Elk.

Among contemporary Native writers, he looks at elegiac work by Linda Hogan, N. Scott Momaday, Gerald Vizenor, Sherman Alexie, Maurice Kenny, and Ralph Salisbury, among others. Despite differences of language and culture, he finds that death and loss are consistently felt by Native peoples both personally and socially: someone who had contributed to the People’s well-being was now gone. Native American elegiac expression offered mourners consolation so that they might overcome their grief and renew their will to sustain communal life.

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American Psychological Association (APA):

“That the People Might Live”: Loss and Renewal in Native American Elegy NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com Unabridged. Retrieved October 02, 2014, from NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com website: http://nativeamericanencyclopedia.com/that-the-people-might-live-loss-and-renewal-native-american-elegy/

Chicago Manual Style (CMS):

“That the People Might Live”: Loss and Renewal in Native American Elegy NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com. NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com Unabridged. Native American Encyclopedia http://nativeamericanencyclopedia.com/that-the-people-might-live-loss-and-renewal-native-american-elegy/ (accessed: October 02, 2014).

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"“That the People Might Live”: Loss and Renewal in Native American Elegy" NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com Unabridged. Native American Encyclopedia 02 Oct. 2014. <NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com http://nativeamericanencyclopedia.com/that-the-people-might-live-loss-and-renewal-native-american-elegy/>.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE):

NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com, "“That the People Might Live”: Loss and Renewal in Native American Elegy" in NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com Unabridged. Source location: Native American Encyclopedia http://nativeamericanencyclopedia.com/that-the-people-might-live-loss-and-renewal-native-american-elegy/. Available: http://nativeamericanencyclopedia.com. Accessed: October 02, 2014.

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