Ch 3: Oral Tradition

About This Chapter

Dive into this brief introduction of oral tradition to gain an understanding of its basic characteristics and history. This self-paced chapter covers oral tradition in different African and Native American cultures, and it can be used for test preparation, homework help or casual learning.

Oral Tradition - Chapter Summary

The first stories told by humans were told by word of mouth and passed from generation to generation through oral tradition. This chapter introduces the topic of oral tradition, describing its characteristics and identifying how they affected the development of human storytelling, in addition to looking at oral tradition across two different cultures. Each lesson has a quiz so you can demonstrate what you have learned. Reading and watching the materials in the lessons allows you to cover topics like the following:

  • Oral tradition as storytelling and its affect on literature
  • History and types of oral tradition, such as the epic, proverbs, and folktales
  • Oral tradition across different cultures such as Greek, African, and Native American
  • How oral tradition influences cultural development and identity

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