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These attempts to suppress the traditions of native americans eventually led to the massacre at wounded knee on december 29 1890 when the government attempted to stop the practice of the ghost dance a far reaching movement that prophesied a peaceful end to white american expansion and preached goals of clean living an honest life and cross cultural cooperation by native americans. The elements of native american traditions paperback august 1 1993 by arthur versluis author visit amazons arthur versluis page find all the books read about the author and more see search results for this author are you an author . Key elements of native american oral tradition poems similarly visions dreams and hallucinations are types of oral tradition that have contributed to the development of native american rituals and ceremonies in which individuals receive information in these forms and then share the knowledge orally. The major elements of native american mythology include trickster figures death as a universal theme twin myths and oral tradition storytelling these elements that are present in native american language and literature along with unique perspectives on the world society and cultures differentiate native american legends from anglo american and other mythology. Many native american traditions and customs were suppressed due to colonization which prevented many from being able to tell their stories while they were oppressed the rise of the civil rights movement during the 1960s and the 1970s also contributed to this reawakening of native cultures since it appeared as a movement in which minorities demanded an end to discrimination and the right to