International Journal of English Research

International Journal of English Research


International Journal of English Research
International Journal of English Research
Vol. 2, Issue 6 (2016)

Language: An elixir for Native Americans: A close study of silent Indian (Abel) in Momaday’s house made of dawn


Sandeep Kour, Ravinder Singh

Oral tradition is an important aspect of Native American culture. It is the collective knowledge that has been passed down from generation to generation. It helps in preserving tribes’ history, culture, beliefs and sense of identity. There were no writer and reader but only a storyteller and a listener. Words do wonders for the Natives. So Native Americans had a great respect for language like they respected their land, elders and Nature. Language being so significant played a major role in the lives of Native people. Abel, the protagonist of Momaday’s House Made of Dawn thus suffered because of his inarticulateness. He remained away from his native world and didn’t realize the importance of Native culture and significance of language. When he returned, he was unable to comprehend the native ways and was speechless at certain occasions. Because of his inexpressive attitude, he was almost a failure at every front of his life. This paper will explore the importance of language in Native American life by enlightening the difficulties the Indian protagonist face due to lack of speech.
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How to cite this article:
Sandeep Kour, Ravinder Singh. Language: An elixir for Native Americans: A close study of silent Indian (Abel) in Momaday’s house made of dawn. International Journal of English Research, Volume 2, Issue 6, 2016, Pages 17-19
International Journal of English Research