Saturday, 13 March 2010

Native American tribes

In the website for The Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas, there is a sense of optimism and pride as current events include a feature on Lipan Apache tribal member Uvalle RedKnife being chosen to be one of the Native American faces of the 2010 Census. This is important for the Lipan Apache people as it allows them to proclaim their identity which will help assist their quest for Federal recognition. Their history is presented directly through an article from the journal 'Memoirs of the American Folk-Lore Society' called Myths and Legends of the Lipan Apache Indians. This academic style of information is representative of how the Lipan Apache's seek credibility of their tribe, expecially as the themes of "myth and conception" are discussed. As "Lipan stories take their inspiration from events which transpired in the underworld before the emergence", it is clear that only an academic tone can be taken seriously in regards to presenting myths as history.

Rather than focusing on just the tribe, The Navajo Nation is a wesbsite devoted to the Native American homeland of the Navajo people. Most of the current events presented on the website revolve around politics and voting for the 2010 Navajo Nation Primary Election in particular. Similar to the Lipan Apache tribe's website, the right to vote is presented here and this suggests that Native American tribes deem voting as a high priority. In contrast with the Lipan Apache tribe's website, the Navajo Nation's history is presented as factual explaining their geography: "The Navajo Nation extends into the states of Utah, Arizona and New Mexico, covering over 27,000 square miles of unparalleled beauty. Navajoland is larger than 10 of the 50 states in America.", their work in World War II: "Unknown to many, the Navajo language was used to create a secret code to battle the Japanese. Navajo men were selected to create codes and serve on the front line to overcome and deceive those on the other side of the battlefield. Today, these men are recognized as the famous Navajo Code Talkers, who exemplify the unequaled bravery and patriotism of the Navajo people." thier government: "Navajo government has evolved into the largest and most sophisticated form of American Indian government." and explanation of their flag. Such phrases as "unparalleled beauty", "unequaled bravery" and "largest and most sophisticated" used to describe their history exemplifies how the Navajo are a very proud people.

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