Alan R. Velie’s 1991 revised edition certainly lives up to it’s anthology subtitle. The book is divided into six sections: Tales, Songs, Oratory, Memoir, Poetry, and Fiction. Each contains what Velie presumably meant to be a representative sampling of these kinds of works.
A theme that runs through almost all of the works from the Oratory section on is the deep anger, frustration, and heartache of a half-conquered people. Looking beyond the Americas, history is replete with examples of conquering forces invading territories, initially overwhelming the people living there, sometimes quickly, sometimes only after a great struggle, but then never entirely wiping them out and replacing them. (Please note: I am not advocating for this!) What remains is a people struggling to maintain their traditional lives, identities, and ways in the face of ongoing pressure from their conquerors. These struggles can last for centuries, sometimes with the conquered culture finally fading away, sometimes with it returning to power or prominence but vastly changed from what it once was.
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