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Schoolcraft as Textmaker
William M. Clements
The Journal of American Folklore
Vol. 103, No. 408 (Apr. - Jun., 1990), pp. 177-192
Published by: American Folklore Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/541854
Page Count: 16
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Henry Rowe Schoolcraft's primary interest in Native American oral literature focused on its ability to provide an insider's view of Indian cultures. Consequently, he recognized the importance of fidelity to the originals when presenting texts of the Ojibwa stories and songs he collected. In practice, though, he made major changes in the material. Part of the rationale for his changes involved a desire to ensure that the texts would be perceived as true literature.
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