I read about oral culture in a few magazine articles

I learned about the Cree injunction against writing down sacred stories. The author or the article didn’t give a reason but I have a few thoughts: oral culture is necessarily fragile because it needs to be passed down face to face on the land (that’s why technology often makes us feel alienated because it takes us out of place and the face to face) and because like Auden said poetry lives on and modifies in the guts of the living, so this transmission should be as intimate as possible- still, I have tremendous faith in the power of the written word too and that a good word will have good effects- and that good word will make you feel at once at home and connected abroad


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