Name _______________________________ Block __________ Native American Literature Ritual Songs Assignment Song of the Sky Loom & Hunting Song/Dinni-e Sin (page 33) Repetition is the reoccurrence of words, phrases, or lines in a piece of literature. The use of repetition helps to reinforce important ideas and to create a regular rhythm. Some repetition is incremental; that is, the structure of a line or a stanza is repeated a number of times, with a slight variation in wording each time. The chart below lists purposes of repetition that may be found in Native American songs. List one or two examples of each function from “Song of the Sky Loom” and “Hunting Song/Dinni-e Sin.” Functions of Repetition Creates Regular Rhythm Examples Reinforces Ideas Makes Memorable Gives Power Has Hypnotic Effect Reading Analysis Questions Use the back of this page or attach a separate piece of paper. Make sure to answer each question completely, in complete sentences, and using examples from the text to support your answers. 1. What do you think is the purpose of these songs? Why? 2. What attitude toward nature and the universe do you see expressed in these songs? 3. How does the relationship towards humans and animals suggested in these songs compare with the suggested relationships in “The World on the Turtle’s Back?” 4. How do the attitudes toward nature expressed in these songs compare with the attitudes toward nature common in American society today?