|| Listen as Bingo SiJohn tells the story of Coyote and the White Man. What are the lessons of this oral tradition, lessons that can be applied to your own situation?
Part 1 (originally developed as part of the 1993 Me-Y-Mi-Ym Project; recorded and edited by Dan Kane; project director Rodney Frey)
Storytellers often help structure the telling of the stories with stylistic phrase and verse repetitions. While the sacred numbers among the Plateau peoples are predominantly three and five, among the Schitsu'umsh four is commonly used as well. It takes a young boy four attempts to run in the face of enemy rifle fire to save his family. Each episode is told in detail and then repeated. The repetitions build until it is on the last of the series that success is obtained. As a result, a storyteller might exhibit a poetic-like rhythm in his or her speech pattern during the presentation of a story.
© Coeur d'Alene Tribe 2002
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