#2 - Fisher notes that to many of the indigenous peoples, the spiritual world is considered to be dangerous. For this reason there are special roles taken up by members of indigenous religions “to act as intermediaries” (2005, p.48). Choose one of the sacred roles or one of the mystical intermediaries and briefly describe his or her role in the tribe. Why is this role significant? How is the role similar to one we have in modern society? What advantages do these roles of indigenous religions have over similar modern roles?
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The role I chose is that of the storyteller. Their role is to pass down traditions and teachings of their culture through stories. The storyteller had to be familiar with the culture, and be able to memorize a lot of information. I believe that this is a significant role, while others in the tribe may be able to tell stories of ancient times, the storyteller is the expert. I believe in accurate information when discussing ones culture or history. I would compare storytellers to today’s teachers. While they have the material in writing, they are the subject experts. Their responsibilities are similar to that of the storyteller; they must find creative ways to teach material to students. The advantage this indigenous religion has over similar modern roles is that they are respected, even by the youth in the culture. Where as in modern society, teachers often have a difficult time getting the respect they deserve from today’s rebellious youth.
#2 - Fisher notes that to many of the indigenous peoples, the spiritual world is considered to be dangerous. For this reason there are special roles taken up by members of indigenous religions “to act as intermediaries” (2005, p.48).