Unit V Oral Traditions: Swapping Stories
Lesson 5 The First Meeting of the Indians and the Europeans
(From Prologue, Scene 1 and 2, First Meeting of the Indians and Europeans, Swapping Stories: Folktales from Louisiana)
Task: Choose a character below and compose an ending for the story from this character's point of view.
The Indian Orphan:
Being without relatives,
he was completely and utterly alone.
He used to live by joining up with people;
His relatives were no more.
It is as an orphan that he lived.
White faces, pants,
shirts, and shoes.
The white people want to be friends,
talk to him, want to ask him a few questions.
But they can't understand him.
"Let's trap him."
"How we going to trap him?"
The Indians were dwelling,
the Indians dwelt here, and they hunted for game,
and lived by killing and eating various sorts of things.
. . . he was lying on the ground, so it is said.
He really lay there;
I do not know how long he lay there before he regained consciousness.
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