How does the native way of oral tradition shape the way they speak and treat each other?
To the Natives, oral tradition is the way of keeping the history of their people alive, to them the way things are spoken are far more important than how things are documented. It is because of this that they always take into account how to speak and interact with one another, their words are indeed very powerful to one another and so what one says to the other is greatly accounted for.
“Assimilation or extinction” said Henry Dawes:
This phrase is said to mean that if the Natives did not change their customs to fit westernization, then their people and culture would perish. The Natives were given an ultimatum, they either had to give into the culture of the “white man” or die trying to salvage their culture.