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Culture expressed through oral tradition tells a different and often deeper story than historic records can.

Oral tradition is a selective, yet democratic form of spoken record-keeping. Indigenous cultures pass down their oral traditions through select culture-bearers; these individuals have been trained since a young age to interpret their traditions. However, unlike written record-keepers (whose writings were and are still inaccessible to many), spoken records (when recited) are subject to the correction and refutation of an entire community -- whether the members are literate or not. Furthermore, stories passed down through oral tradition are fully understood by the story-keeper, enabling him or her to update archaic language and make the story more intelligible to succeeding generations.

Fidelia Fielding
The last fluent speaker of the Mohegan language
13
Moons
“Never forget it”
– Emma Baker
700
Acres of Land Preservation
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